Position: OFC President
Date of Birth: 13.07.62
Place of Residence: Papua New Guinea
OFC President David Chung was first elected President of the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) in August 2004 in Kimbe and took over from Madiu Andrew as Papua New Guinea’s representative on the OFC Executive Committee. OFC’s Executive body elected him to the position of Senior Vice President in 2007 before his rise to the presidency in January 2011 at the 21st Ordinary Congress in American Samoa.
Born Chung Kim Hiong on 13 July 1962 in Malaysia, he first arrived in Papua New Guinea at age 23 on a business trip while working for a multi-national company involving logging, hotels, retail and wholesale.
The former coach, player and referee had a ready affinity for Papua New Guinea, particularly the Highlands region, and quickly became a resident. He has gone on to develop a variety of successful importing and exporting companies.
Mr. Chung was involved in rugby league for a short period but became focused on administering football in the Highlands area where he helped secure outside funding as well as contribute personal finance towards youth development programmes.
Since his election as PNGFA President in 2004, Mr. Chung has worked tirelessly to improve the status of football in Papua New Guinea despite the country’s developing status and geographical challenges proving to be obstacles.
The 54-year-old, who speaks at least four languages, can be credited with implementing a variety of key initiatives including the historic milestone of launching the first ever semi-professional football competition in 2006.
Beginning with five franchises, the PNG National Soccer League aimed to lift the standard of football in the country and, in turn, produce a better level of performance at OFC tournaments.
It has done just that, growing to seven teams and seeing the remarkable rise of Hekari United who defied all odds to become the first Oceania club from outside New Zealand or Australia to win the OFC Champions League and qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2010.
Mr. Chung has also been a huge proponent of women’s football with PNGFA support resulting in emphatic results for the national women’s side including a hat-trick of titles at the Pacific Games in 2003, 2007 and 2011. The country’s U-15 girls’ side was also chosen by OFC to represent the region at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore and again in 2014 in Nanjing, China. He was instrumental in the sucessful bid to host the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and has played a crucial role overseeing preparations for the event which takes place in November/December 2016.
Grassroots football has been boosted under Mr. Chung’s tenure with a variety of development programmes being implemented across the country. The OFC U-12 Festival of Football was hosted in Port Moresby in 2007 and was a memorable event, drawing 5,000 participants from five different countries.
Whether at grassroots or elite level, Mr. Chung has used football events to raise awareness for social issues such as HIV/Aids which has had a ruthless grip on the island nation in recent times.
On top of the financial support from FIFA and OFC, the PNGFA President has also been attributed with securing significant sponsorship from local businesses to support the federation’s activities.
Finally, Mr. Chung has overseen a series of infrastructure projects including a national football academy in Lae and regional technical centre in Kimbe with plans in place to build an additional regional technical centre in Port Moresby.