FFAS installs two new Exco members
The Football Federation American Samoa has increased its executive committee members from four to six with the installment of two new additions — Lion Heart Club President Amio Mavaega-Luvu and Kiwi Soccers Club President Michelle Sasala.
The two were added this week by FFAS President Iuli Alex Godinet and the four current members — Vice President Sandra Fruean of PanSa, Rev. Ioane Evagelia of Utulei Youth, Saili Ott of Black Roses and Mitch Shimasaki of Green Bay.
“During our 2011 FFAS Congress the addition of two new members to the Exco was passed unanimously by all of our club delegates,” explained Iuli. “I am happy to say that we have finally selected the two needed to fillful the new number of six Exco members.”
“I felt honored for the opportunity given to serve as one of the FFAS Executive Member,” said Mavaega-Luvu.
“I would like to thank everyone for your support and for nominating me as a FFAS Executive Committee member,” thanked Sasala. “I look forward to working together with the current executive members and everyone else involved with soccer. Faafetai, faafetai, faafetai tele lava.”
Mavaega-Luvu, besides being her club’s leader, also leads their women’s team onto the field, usually playing goalkeeper. She has participated in several coaching courses while also watching two of her sons, Ruben Jr. and Ruelroy, play.
Her son Ruben Jr. was an integral member of the 2013 American Samoa U-17 squad that was a game short of winning the OFC U-17 Preliminary Stage earlier this year in Samoa. Her husband Ruben Sr. is also the FFAS technical director.
“It is a good chance to work hand in hand with the executive members and the FFAS staff to give back to the community in terms of promoting the sport of soccer,” Mavaega-Luvu said. “I would like to give my fa’afetai to the President of the FFAS and it’s existing members for the trust they have in me so we could work together as a team.”
Sasala started the Kiwi Club from Faga’alu in 2010 and has watched her daughter, Jennifer Sasala, grow into one of the best young female players in American Samoa.
“I started my Club in 2009-2010 and that was for the children and to support my daughter,” Sasala pointed out. “I knew nothing about soccer until my daughter started to play when she was about 9 or 10. As a parent, it is very important to help and support whatever your kids do and to get involved and that's why I got involved with soccer, because of her.”
Kiwi Soccers has grown into one of the toughest teams in women’s soccer, finishing second to the Black Roses in the 2012 President’s Cup after their final went to two extra periods to determine the winner.
“The current members of our committee and I look forward to working together with Ms. Amio and Ms. Michelle in continuing the development and growth of our association here in American Samoa,” explained Iuli.