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New leader for Samoa football

Football Federation Samoa's new president, Papalii Samuel Petaia. Credit: OFC via Phototek

Football Federation Samoa is welcoming a changing of the guard following the appointment of a new president during its recent elective Congress.

Papalii Samuel Petaia was elected to the role of FFS President for the next four-year term ending in 2022 after earning six votes while Laupama Solomona, standing for re-election to the role, received just four.

OFC President Lambert Maltock congratulated Petaia on his successful election to the role of President.

“I would like to congratulate Mr Papalii Samuel Petaia on being elected by his peers to the prestigious role of FFS President.

“Mr Petaia clearly has the confidence of key people in Samoa to lead football forward over the next four years and I look forward to working with him going forward, and to welcoming him to the OFC Executive Committee.”

Maltock also acknowledged the work done by outgoing President Laupama Solomona, who remains a member of the FFS Executive Committee.

Petaia will be supported in his role by vice-president Fuata Lai who saw off former vice-president Asiata Palota’s bid for re-election by six votes to four also.

The remaining members of the FFS Executive Committee are Afamasaga Sefine Kapisi, Emily Young, Muliaumasealii Siaosi Tagilima, Eddie Gabriel and Solomona.

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