Football CEO resignation mutually agreed
The outgoing Football Federation of Samoa chief executive officer Faumuina Michael Kapisi said his resignation came after both he and the incoming executive committee realised they wouldn't be able to work together.
Faumuina (who resigned on the 3rd of March) and new FFS president Papali'i Samuel Petaia came to the mutual agreement that he should step away from the role of CEO.
“They wanna move us in a different direction, and I was happy to go," Faumuina said.
“The way the position kinda works is I work at the pleasure of the president."
Papali'i was appointed at FFS's ordinary congress on the 23rd of February.
“I was pretty confident that he had a direction he wanted to go, had some ideas," said Faumuina.
“Once we discussed all of this it was clear to me that for both parties it was time to move on."
Faumuina said he believes the new administration will involve more top-level decision makers, which is probably not the way he wants to work.
“I’ve had a way of doing things, I mean a lot of the work was thrusted on me alone.
“Once I sort of got a feel that there was going to be a change that way, it made everything a bit easier, a bit clearer for me."
He said he is still working with the Federation on good terms, having agreed to help with the transition to a new CEO.
“Just to help them complete some of these major projects in time for the Pacific Games.
“It’s a big year for us, I don’t want anything that I was involved in to fall back in any way."
One key project is the revamped stadium at the Tuanaimato fields, which is scheduled to be completed in May.
Faumuina said he was heavily involved in the conception and implementation of the stadium project.
“We go off a week, that could push us back two weeks in construction, we don’t want that, I don’t want that for football and the country."
He said he is happy to help having spent five years at FFS as CEO, and three on the Board before that.
"I’m not there anymore but it’s very hard not to care about it.
“It’s been an honour and a privilege to be part of the Federation and to work in a sport that I love."
Faumuina said he is proud of the work he has done.
“For the last eight years, Samoa hasn’t encountered any problems with FIFA or Oceania [Football Confederation].
He said this could not be said for a few of the neighbouring national associations, and that Samoa has been seen as "one of the brighter beacons" for following regulations.
Faumuina said he is confident the new administration will carry on that legacy, and wishes them all the best.
He is still considering what to do next in his career, now that the weight of a lot of work has been lifted.
“I’ve spent the last three weeks with my young family, just chilling out.
“Football is one of my great passions, so I’ll never stop being involved in some capacity."