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Maltock elected acting OFC President
00:42 am GMT+12, 12/06/2018, Vanuatu

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Congress has elected Lambert Maltock to the role of acting OFC President for the remainder of the current term.

The Vanuatu Football Federation President was elected to the position during the Congress which was held on Monday 11 June in Moscow.

Maltock’s election also sees him become a FIFA Vice-President and he will take a seat on the FIFA Council alongside fellow OFC representatives Lee Harmon and Sandra Fruean.

FIFA says Lambert Maltock of Vanuatu was chosen to lead the 11-member football body for the south Pacific, which is based in New Zealand. He replaces David Chung who resigned amid corruption allegations

Maltock serves the remainder of Chung's term through early 2019. He automatically becomes one of FIFA's eight vice presidents, and joins its 37-member ruling council.

Chung, from Papua New Guinea, was FIFA's senior vice president - technically No. 2 to Gianni Infantino - when he abruptly resigned in April.

FIFA had ordered an investigation into a $20 million construction project at Oceania headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand. Funding to Oceania was cut after an audit found "potential irregularities."

Meanwhile, FIFA's newest vice president says voters from the Oceania region should be free to make their own choice in Wednesday's vote for the 2026 World Cup host.

The 11 voting federations from the South Pacific was one of six continental groups to meet North American and Morocco bid leaders Monday.

The candidate presentations began minutes after Lambert Maltock was picked as Oceania's new president - giving him status as one of FIFA's eight vice presidents.

Oceania is often viewed as a likely voting bloc in FIFA elections, though Maltock expects to issue no order ahead of the vote by up to 206 FIFA member federations.

The Vanuatu official says: "We prefer that each association will vote according to what he believes.

SOURCE: OFC/PACNEWS


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