“It is going to be a very busy year in 2019 for our association, one that I believe we all can achieve if we work together,” declared FFAS President, Sen. Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet, to the 11 club members’ presdients and representatives during the 2019 Ordinary Congress on April 24.
“Last year was a busy one for us with our two men’s youth national teams (U16, U19), and the women’s national team that went to Fiji for the OFC Nation’s Cup qualifiers,” he explained. “But this year, with the new FIFA requirements, it is going to get even busier. To achieve all these requirements, the executive committee, our staff and I need your help. We all have to work together to get a positive result.”
Some of those requirements include playing at least four games each for all national teams, both male and female, from the senior levels to the youth.
“We also have other positive news with FIFA approving some of our projects for the recent FIFA World Cup cycle that will be bearing fruit soon,” he said. “FIFA approved our maintenance upgrades projects for equipment to help maintain and improve our playing field, as well as equipment to help maintain the professionalization of our staff.”
He added that they currently have pending with FIFA projects to improve and upgrade the member clubs and the association’s many competitions.
Faiivae provided all this information during his opening address during the association’s annual meeting.
The FFAS Congress approved many of the required items on the agenda relating to the 2018 year. It put its rubber stamp on the 2018 Ordinary and Extraordinary Congress’ minutes, last year’s activity report and approved the 2018 financial statement while also approved BDO Samoa as it’s auditor in 2020.
FFAS is currently preparing its men and women’s senior national teams for the Pacific Games Samoa in July of this year. Following the conclusion of this it will send U19 and U16 teams to OFC touraments scheduled for later in the year.
There are seven members of the executive committee — Faiivae of Ilaoa & To’omata, Vice-President Sandra Fruean of PanSa, Treasurer Amio Mavaega-Luvu of Lion Heart, Rev. Elder Ioane Evagelia of Utulei Youth, Sen. Fano Mitch Shimasaki of Faga’alu Green Bay, Tausaili Ott of Black Roses and Silasila Samuelu of Pago Youth. The other four clubs that make up the 11 members are Taputimu Youth, Tafuna Jets, Vaiala Tongan and Royal Puma.
The Ordinary Congress was conducted by Faiivae and FFAS CEO Tavita Taumua.