During the European Football Cup 2015 the Executive Committee of CONIFA sat together to recap the preparations for the tournament and to decide on the next steps towards a bright future. After some silence following the tournament we now want to publish our views on the visa refusals to two of our honorable members, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and in the same time we want to look with you on all the amazing things that await us in 2016!
The week just before the European Football Cup in Debrecen a CONIFA went on an official visit to Transnistria. Especially the future president of the Football Association, Evgheni Balaniuc, made it more than a pleasant trip. Our General Secretary, Sascha Düerkop, and our South America Director, Jens Jockel, were even welcomed by the Foreign and Sport Ministries of the country. “Football has a huge tradition in Transnistria and we are looking forward to express that with our own national team very soon.”
ConIFA member County of Nice celebrated the free Monday on 25.05.2015 with the “Journée de La Selecioun” (engl: Day of the national team). The celebrations started early in the morning with a kid’s tournament to find the Under-11 County champion and ended in the first ever home match of the current World Champion, the Nice national team, against their local sporting rivals and close friends from Monaco.
We have obviously seen through many media sources reports of an ongoing investigation of alleged corruption within FIFA, a situation we do not want to or should comment on.
However we would like to stress that CONIFA has been incorporated and established with extreme corporate governance and very high moral values to ensure that neither now or in the future any allegations of corruption or misdemeanors could be levied at ourselves or our members.
Our organization is there foremost to provide the opportunity for Countries, Regions, Ethnic People outside FIFA to represent themselves on the International Stage in football.
First of all: We may welcome a new face in the ConIFA-Cosmos: Welcome Aymara!
The South American team of “Aymara”, a minority of Chile,Peru and Bolivia, signed a contract with ConIFA South America Director Jens Jockel to compete in the ConIFA World Cup 2016.
In the following lines I (Jens) want to present you the travel report of my journey to Chile.