The Oceania Football Confederation has joined the Fédération Calédonienne de Football in mourning the loss of its former President Guy Fouques.

An emblematic figure in Caledonian football, Fouques contribution to the game was immense and in particular he will be remembered for his involvement in developing youth football.

Fouques was also a great believer in the societal benefits a sport like football encourages.

“I’ve always been very attached to the human and social dimension of sport and in particular football because it represents a social bridge,” Fouques was quoted as saying in the 61st edition of MWÀ VÉÉ.

“I always thought, and this is the meaning of my commitment to both sports and politics, that sport is a unifying element that can help facilitate relationships between people.”

OFC President David Chung says Fouques’ passing will be keenly felt by FCF and the wider Oceania football community.

“It is with great sadness that we join FCF in mourning Guy Fouques,” Chung says.

“He was a great leader and his work in bringing together communities through their combined passion for football will long be remembered.”

FCF paid tribute to their former leader during Saturday’s Coupe de Calédonie final at Numa Daly Stadium, Nouméa.

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