Lambert Maltock, the current president of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), has been re-elected to the position for another four-year term following the FIFA Congress held this week in Kigali, Rwanda. Maltock is also the current president of Vanuatu Football Federation, his home nation.
Maltock has been the president of the OFC since 2019, and his re-election states the confidence from FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino on Maltock’s guidance over Oceania Football. “We have implemented the OFC Football Development Strategy, raising the quality of football through competitions, launching OFC’s first ever Women’s Football Strategy and launching OFC Learn which has revolutionised capacity building workshops for all involved in the game on and off the pitch.” Maltock said
“I will lead and drive three priorities that are aligned with the OFC Strategy 2023-2026 to stay on track to meet out Confederation wide goal of qualifying two teams for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and 2027“, mentioned Maltock. “Priority one is Development and Education with our Member Associations prioritised to improve and professionalise their respective management and administration, priority two is High Performance with the planned launch of the OFC Professional League by 2025 likely to be revolutionise the game in Oceania and place OFC in a new era of a professional confederation and priority three looks to Good Governance which must be upheld at the core of all our Member Associations.” Maltock said in a statement released by Oceania Football Confederation.
FIFA Council representatives Johanna Wood (NZF President) and Rajesh Patel (Fiji) have also been elected unopposed for a second term; the decision were taken during this week FIFA Congress’ in Rwanda.