The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) today met officials from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in Kuala Lumpur to progress the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Mexico City in May.
Dato’ Windsor John, the AFC General Secretary, was joined by AFC Directors to welcome David Chung, the OFC President, Sarai Bareman, the OFC Deputy General Secretary and Patrick Jacquemet, the OFC Technical Director.
Dato’ Windsor said: “The AFC has several MoUs with other Confederations but it is important that these are brought to life and this meeting was the start of that process.
“As the AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said at the signing ceremony in May in Mexico, this is a logical partnership as OFC are our closest Confederation geographically.”
David Chung, the OFC President, thanked the AFC for the welcome to the headquarters in Malaysia, and added: “This is the start of our Confederations working together to achieve our common goal of improving football in our regions.
“It is the start of a fruitful relationship which will allow us both to work together for the benefit of both the AFC and OFC.”
The meeting covered the key areas of competitions, club licensing, development pathways, player development, referees, media and social responsibility, with both sides sharing views on best practice and agreeing to establish a timeline for continuing the dialogue.