Vanuatu entry to Dom-Tom Cup a dream come true

The President of Vanuatu Football Federation Johnny Tinsley Lulu returned to the country a happy man after what he calls a successful trip to Paris.
Mr. Lulu has been to Zurich on FIFA business, and after his meeting on 16 February 2004, he travelled with the Tahitian Minister for Youth and Sports Reynald Temarii to Paris where they had a meeting with the Director General of the French Football Federation Gerard Enault. The subject matter for that meeting was Vanuatu's re-entry to the Coupe de France.

During the year 70's, the then New Hebrides (a French colony in Oceania) used to participate in the Coupe de France with New Caledonia and Tahiti. But after independence in 1980, Vanuatu has ceased from competing in the tournament, leaving New Caledonia and Tahiti the only contenders from the region. However, despite the change in Vanuatu's political status, one man had a dream.... a dream that even political independence will not shatter the unity and harmony in a football family that saw its birth in the late 60's and lived through the 1970's in the once three French territories in Oceania. that man was Mr. JT Lulu.

Mr. Lulu shared his dreams with the late Napoleon Spits of Tahiti and the former head of New Caledonia Football Mr. Wamijo. And he was encouraged to take up the campaign again when one of his personal friends in Tahiti Football Reynald Temarii became head of Tahiti football as well as being minister for sports. It was Mr. Temarii who arranged for him and Mr. Lulu to meet with Mr. Enault.
The meeting in Paris on 17 February resolved that eventhough Vanuatu cannot re-enter the Coupe de France, they can still accepted for the Dom-Tom Cup which is mainly for French territories around the world.

A happy Mr. Lulu announced on his arrival that "our meeting resolved that Mr. Temarii made a submission on our entry to the Dom-Tom Cup to the French General Assembly in June for endrosement and approval.

"If all goes well, which I am quite confident it would, Vanuatu will be back playing with Tahiti and New Caledonian teams again in 2005", hem says.

VFF Technical Director and Vanuatu national coach Carlos Buzzetti says such a tournament would create a great opportunity for Vanuatu players exposed in Europe.

"If a club from Vanuatu qualifies in such a tournament and travels to Europe to play, then we can already looking at our players performing in front of hundreds of scouts and club agents", Carlos points out.


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