Members will be aware of recent activity around player eligibility that has arisen as a result of the decision taken by the Oceania Football Confederation to disqualify our Men’s Under 23 team from the Tournament in Papua New Guinea last month.
The Executive Committee of NZ Football took advice on this situation, and reached a decision to appeal on grounds of both the process followed and the rules applied. OFC have confirmed that their Appeals Committee will meet in Auckland next Monday, 24 and Tuesday 25 August to hear our appeal. NZ Football has been invited to present our submission in person, and will be represented by our President Deryck Shaw, CEO Andy Martin and legal counsel.
In the meantime, we have taken a conservative view and have been working with all potentially impacted players in our international squads to gather the necessary information to form the basis of an application for exemption, should that be required. We are liaising directly with affected players and their parents/families where appropriate, and have been receiving incredible support and co-operation for which we are grateful.
Our full internal review is also nearing completion, and the Executive Committee will be receiving final recommendations from management within the next few weeks.
We appreciate that this remains a difficult time for everyone, but are confident that on completion of our review, and with the outcome of our Appeal known, we will be able to present members with a full report on this issue and more importantly, a way forward that assures us all that situations such as this will not arise again.
Any questions or concerns should be directed to our CEO Andy Martin in the first instance. Thank you for all of your support.
New Zealand Football