OFC Head of Technical Department, Patrick Jacquemet and Head Coach of the Asia Pacific Football Academy in New Zealand were in the country this week for a 4-day visit to assess the PNG Football facilities and provide expertise to start the implementation.
On arrival this early this week, Patrick and Giovanni, accompanied by PNGFA representative flew off to Lae to inspect the only football academy outside Lae city on Tuesday and return back to New Zealand yesterday. Asia Pacific Football Academy’s head coach Giovani Fernandes and OFC’s technical director Patrick Jacquemet were in Port Moresby and Lae to see this pilot project is executed.
Jacquement and Fernandes have been assigned by OFC to oversee this program. PNG and Vanuatu are the first two countries from the 11-member countries from Oceania Football Confederation to have this program implemented first.
Giovani from the Asia Pacific Football Academy, which is assiciated with Chelsea Football Club was founded in 2009 and have elite players from all over the world going through tailored programmes in Christchurch. The Asia Pacific Academy runs managed pathways into professional clubs internationally.
Giovani commended OFC and PNG Football for the involving them in this vision of implementing the elite programmes and will happy to assist.
“We are here to visit PNG first to look at the facilities to implement the elite programme, especially at youth level. We have seen academy in Lae and also the technical regional centre in Kimbe and we would like to start here in Papua New Guinea” says Patrick.
“In Port Moresby we have visited some venues and would like to decide where to implement the programme, Patrick said
The academy is set to cater for grassroots programs, youth talent programs, coaching and elite programmes for young children which Fernandes added had the potential to rise to the occasion in the country.
“We have to create a lot of programs so we can have great results,” Fernandes said.
“So we need to implement the right programs and the academy-infrastructure would cater for that.”
Work on the academy he said would start in September but in the meantime there is a lot to be done.