Everton to link up with tiny Samoa

APIA: England’s Everton Football Club are negotiating with Samoa over forging a partnership to develop the game in the tiny Pacific nation, the Samoa Football Federation (SFF) said yesterday. 

Samoa’s English-born coach David Brand and head of SFF delegation Laauli Laupepa spoke with Everton officials during the national Under-15 team’s tour of England last month. 

Brand said Everton officials spoke of their interest in developing a partnership with Samoa, helping the development of the game, coaching in villages and schools and developing community football schemes. 

A further meeting took place after the under 15s played in Northern Ireland and Brand met Ted Sutton, head of the club’s football in the community scheme and marketing consultant Frank McKenna. 

“The potential for this partnership is endless and whilst discussions are a long way from completion and action I am pleased with the outcome so far,” Brand said in a statement. 

“I do look forward to a positive decision and working with the staff at Everton in the future. Their expertise will be invaluable in promoting the game in Samoa.” 

Samoa is in the Oceania Confederation, dominated by regional powers Australia and New Zealand. 

Everton, under manager David Moyes, finished seventh in last season’s Premier League. – AFP 

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