Gilles Tavergeux has been elected as the new President of Federation Caledonienne de Football.

The retired policeman, who was a goalkeeper in his playing days, received 11 of the 19 votes to win the role ahead of incumbent Steeve Laigle (eight votes); the election was held in Noumea on Saturday.

The 19 voting delegates represent the provincial committees, Super Ligue clubs and three associations – women’s football, refereeing and diverse football, which is made up of beach soccer and futsal.

In all, there were nine members elected to the new Federal Council with two places to be filled and they will serve from 2020-2024.

Noam Tiem was elected as the First Vice President, while Adrien Apikaoua, Tony Dupre, André Hnawang, Michel Messaud and Hari Irene were all confirmed as Ordinary Members. The Women’s Member and Second Vice President spots will be filled at a later date.

Saturday marked a busy day for football in the Francophone nation and the new President was in attendance to watch the Caledonian Cup final at the Stade Numa-Daly Magenta in Noumea.

Hienghène Sport claimed their fourth Cup title beating SC Ne Drehu 3-1 with Yvanoe Bamy scoring twice to help his side to victory.

FCF President Gilles Tavergeux, right, at Saturday’s Caledonia Cup final. Photo Credit: FCF Media via Alain Vartane

New Caledonia are OFC’s newest full member, having gained full FIFA Membership in 2004; they were welcomed into OFC in the same year.

They have recorded strong finishes in the men’s OFC Nations Cup in recent years, claiming silver medals in 2008 and 2012 before adding a bronze medal four years later.

Hienghène Sport also made history for the nation when they claimed the OFC Champions League crown in 2019, beating local rivals AS Magenta 1-0 in Noumea.

That victory marked the first time a club from New Caledonia had won the OFC Champions League and they went on to represent OFC at the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar late last year.