The blessing and dedication of football equipment and transportation took place at the Ivirua Hall in Mangaia.
The ceremony was well-attended by the Aronga Mana of the Island of Mangaia, CIFA president Mr Lee Harmon, CIFA vice-president Junior Areai, and CIFA facility and equipment manager Lai Gukisuva, along with invited guests who came to witness the bestowment of football equipment to the Mangaia Football Association.
The equipment was funded under the FIFA Forward Programme. Equipment included uniforms for the various clubs on the island, soccer balls, aluminum goalposts, a barbeque roaster, chairs, tables and marquees, as well as a ride-on mower, 16-seater van, and a pickup truck amounting to $247,000.
During the handover, Harmon mentioned that the equipment will not only help football on the island, but also the community.
“It is important that Mangaia football share the use of some of the equipment with other codes, as some of them don’t have the resources like football does,” said Harmon.
The funded equipment is a symbol of FIFA’s strong commitment to work with member associations on developing the game through the FIFA Forward programme and is a major milestone for Mangaia football.
It is by far the most generous equipment allocation in terms of cost that CIFA has ever made to any of its members.
- CIFA Media