Harmon elected to FIFA Council

Monday September 26, 2016 Written by Published in Soccer
OFC members on the FIFA Council; (left to right) OFC president David Chung, FFAS vice-president Sandra Fruean and CIFA president Lee Harmon. 16092375 OFC members on the FIFA Council; (left to right) OFC president David Chung, FFAS vice-president Sandra Fruean and CIFA president Lee Harmon. 16092375

COOK ISLANDS Football Association (CIFA) president Lee Harmon has achieved a milestone after winning a seat at the FIFA Council – football’s highest governing body.

 

Harmon was appointed to the council from Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) by proclamation following the withdrawal of fellow candidate Rajesh Patel of Fiji.

Sandra Fruean, vice-president of Football Federation American Samoa was elected as the OFC female member to council 2016-2019 following a secret ballot in Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday.

Joining Harmon and Fruean to the FIFA Council will be OFC president and FIFA vice-president David Chung.

Elated Harmon, who has been a football administrator for over 25 years, was touched to have the support not only of the OFC delegates, but of fellow candidate Patel.

“I would like to thank the member associations for supporting me, and I would like to thank Rajesh for showing solidarity and unity for the benefit of Oceania in his support of my candidature,” Harmon told OFC Media.

“Going forward, for all matters concerning the Oceania Football Confederation I, along with Sandra and the OFC president Mr Chung, will be sure to consult all our members before taking any decisions on your behalf.”

The 48-year-old Harmon has been the CIFA president since 1997, seven years after he was elected president of Tupapa Maraerenga Football Club.

He became a CIFA board member in 1991 and has been secretary, treasurer and vice-president of CIFA during the past 25 years.

Harmon became a member of the OFC executive committee in 1997 and was appointed vice-president in 2011.

He has served on the FIFA Futsal and the FIFA U20 Standing Committees and is a member of the FIFA Referee Standing Committee.

Harmon also performed the role of FIFA match commissioner and has been a FIFA Referee Assessor since 2001.

He was recognised with the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit Award in 2005.

The FIFA Council, which was formerly a 24 member FIFA Executive Committee, has 37 members from the 211 federations affiliated with international football governing body.

            - Rashneel Kumar/OFC

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