WELLINGTON: Oceania Football Confederation acting president David Chung will replace the banned Reynald Temarii in the post permanently and has pledged his region's support for the re-election of Fifa president Sepp Blatter.
Papua New Guinea's Chung was elected unopposed to the position at the OFC's congress in Pago Pago, American Samoa after New Zealanders Frank van Hattum and Fred de Jong withdrew their candidacies immediately before the vote.
The Malaysian-born Chung, who now becomes a Fifa vice president, then pledged Oceania's support when the 74-year-old Blatter, who was present at the meeting, bids for his fourth term as Fifa president later this year.
"I thank you for entrusting me with the position of OFC president for the next four years," said Chung. "I am truly humbled. You can be rest assured that I will do everything possible to promote unity, solidarity and transparency.
"And to the Fifa president, we are indebted to you for your continued support. In return, I can say on behalf of all member association presidents we are behind you 100 percent."
Chung had assumed the role in an acting capacity after Temarii was implicated in a votes-for-cash scandal ahead of the decision for hosting rights of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and suspended for 12 months by Fifa. -Agencies