SA Coaching Director replaces A Pele

The announcement of yet another hinderance in Abedi Pele's trip to Oceania and Vanuatu, could have come as bad news for the former Ghana international's local fans, but not for the two national youth development squads.

The Technical Department of Vanuatu Football
Federation is already getting the Under 16/17
development squad and the national Under 23 team ready to undergo a series of clinics with the Coaching Director of the South African Football Association Marcus Falopa on Monday 16 February 2004. Mr. Falopa has been appointed to replace Mr. Abedi Pele in the South African 2010 World Cup Bid mission to Oceania because Mr. Pele was unable to catch the flight from Johanesburg with the delegation.

A letter of 9 February by Zurayda Hendricks of the SA 2010 Bid Company in Johanesburg, to Josephine King, General Secretary of Oceania Football Confederation, and relayed to VFF Haus in Port Vila, reads;

"We hereby wish to advise that Mr. A. Pele was unable to make his connecting flight from Accra to
Johanesburg. As such we have had to replace him with Mr. Marcus Falopa, the Coaching Director of the South African Football Association. We are hopeful that you would be amenable to this new change but we did not wan to inconvenience everybody by changing all the dates of the clinics".

According to Technical Director and National Coach
Carlos Buzzetti, Mr. Falopa will be have two sessions with the youth teams at the Korman Stadium on Monday. The morning session with the Under 16/17s and the afternoon with the Olympic Team.

On hearing of the change, VFF President Johnny Tinsley Lulu said he knew Mr. Pele would be feeling.

"He told me when we last met during the annual
congress of the African Football Confederation in
Tunisia (three weeks ago), that he was looking forward to coming to the islands. So I know he must be very disappointed. The problem in the connection flight from Accra to Johanesburg is common, even some OFC officials have experienced it", Mr. Lulu said.

Mr. Lulu had been instrumental in some respect, in the SA 2010 Bid mission tour of the island countries of Oceania. It was during one of the FIFA meetings in Dohar that Mr. Lulu had suggested to Abedi Pele and Mr. Jordaan (the Chief Executive Officer of the SA 2010 Bid Company) the possibility of extending the SA
2010 Bid mission tour to Vanuatu, when they visited New Zealand and Australia.


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