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Patel Attends FIFA Governance Workshop

Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel was among the Oceania Football Confederation executive commit­tee that attended a FIFA Govern­ance Workshop. The workshop was lead by FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura.
24 Nov 2018 10:53
Patel Attends FIFA Governance Workshop
Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel (fourth standing from right) with participants at the FIFA Governance Workshop on November 22, 2018. Photo: OFC Media

Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel was among the Oceania Football Confederation executive commit­tee that attended a FIFA Govern­ance Workshop.

The workshop was lead by FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura.

“The objective of the workshop, a first for the region, was the ex­change of best practices, and to assist with the understanding of the reform process which FIFA has been undergoing since 2016,” stat­ed OFC Media.

Also in attendance were FIFA chief member associations officer Joyce Cook and FIFA chief of staff Mattias Grafstrom. The presenter was Nodar Akhalkatsi, FIFA direc­tor of executive office secretary general.

A number of key areas of gov­ernance were discussed over the course of the workshop with dis­cussions concentrating more spe­cifically on;

nLeadership principles

nClarifying the differences in the roles and responsibilities of differ­ent football bodies within a mem­ber association, confederation and FIFA.

Of great interest to the OFC exec­utive committee due to the reform process it is currently undertaking was the separation between the po­litical body of an organisation and its management and clearly defin­ing the role of the general secre­tariat, congress, executive commit­tee and the sonfederation’s judicial bodies.

OFC Legal and Compliance officer Barbara Lloyd was also among the presenters, giving an introduction to the recently introduced OFC Conflict of Interest Policy and how it is being implemented.

Feedback from attendees was positive with the workshop provid­ing them with a platform for inter­action with the FIFA delegation, and in particular with Samoura, to discuss the role governance should play, and how governance best practices can be successfully implemented in Oceania at both confederation and member asso­ciation levels.

The workshop was also an op­portunity for the 11 OFC member associations to consolidate the ef­forts to continue working together the situation which resulted in the change of leadership at the govern­ing body for football in Oceania.

“Over the last six months our confederation has implemented a massive turn-around. Football has been brought back to OFC. Our open discussions during the work­shop reflect our commitment to transparency and accountability,” OFC president Lambert Maltock said.

“We are building a bright future for Oceania, our people and our football.”

– Edited by Osea Bola

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