New Fiji FA Technical Director Wants Long Term Gain

“There have been technical directors for Fiji FA who have not spent more than two years. This is not enough time to develop football in the best viable way.”
09 Sep 2021 16:37
 New Fiji FA Technical Director Wants Long Term Gain
From left; Digicel Fijian football head coach Flemming Serritslev, newly appointed technical director Timo Jankowski and Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel after the official announcement during a press conference at the Fiji Football Academy in Ba on September 8, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The newly appointed Fiji Football Association’s technical director, Timo Jankowski, has reiterated that he is here for the long term because he wants to produce results from his work.

He made the comments yesterday during the official press conference at the Fiji Football Academy in Ba.

“I would love to be a long-term technical director for Fiji FA,” Jankowski said.

“There have been technical directors for Fiji FA who have not spent more than two years. This is not enough time to develop football in the best viable way.”

Fiji FA president, Rajesh Patel, confirmed that Jankowski has signed a three-year contract.

The 38-year-old arrived in the country two weeks ago with his wife and three daughters.

Jankowski thanked the Fiji FA board for having faith in him.

“From the beginning, it was a very professional conversation, I was confident that I would be in.

“I’m here not for holiday but to work. This is a big opportunity, and I cannot wait to start working together with Fiji FA.”

Patel said in respect of the development of football in the country, they have recruited a young, energetic, and highly qualified individual to be the technical director.

He added that Jankowski would be paid directly from the Fiji FA coffers.

“We have put it within our budget to look after his expenses,” Patel said.

“We want him for a long term, but the contract is for three years.

“The renewal is based on whether he can work together with the head coach Fleming Serritslev. They are to create our pathway to the 2026 FIFA World Cup and 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but they have a brief time frame to do that.”

Apart from various other credentials, he attained his UEFA A License in 2011 in Germany via German Football Federation and again did his refresher for UEFA A License in 2016 with Swiss Football Federation. He is a graduate of international business management from the University of Lorach. He has written two books on specific football development areas which have been highly received from the football hierarchy in Europe.

After the resignation and departure of the Ravinesh Kumar in March, last year, the Fiji FA board saw the importance of the position and followed the following objectives:

  • This position needs to be widely advertised both internally and externally
  • The new technical director needs to do an overhaul of the entire grassroots development programme and produce a strategy to put in place a very achievable development plan in view of the opportunities available and of course some obstacles.
  • The need for a genuine grassroots development and a pathway for elite football talents
  • We needed someone to work closely with OFC and FIFA technical division and create a plan for the future of all our youth teams for both boys and girls
  • To work closely with the coach education department in producing highly qualified coaches for both the men’s and women’s game

The position was advertised in June 2020, but the pandemic did not allow Fiji FA to recruit.

“We kept working with Oceania Football in trying to identify a suitable candidate,” said Patel.

After a series of interviews with Jankowski who was based in Switzerland, in March 2021, Fiji FA was confident of sealing a deal with him.

“Added incentives for us were his knowledge of the strength and conditioning of athletes. The second wave in April delayed his arrival. He will work closely with the national coach and the coaching educator Yogen Dutt to ensure that the objectives of the board are met.”



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