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Enough is enough. After years of instability, poor management and most worryingly poor football, it is time the football community asks itself what to do with the troubled Oceania Football Confederation.
With a mere 14 member nations (most of which are ranked outside the top 100) and only half a World Cup spot, the Oceania Football Confederation has no influence in the world of football.
Australia were quick to jump the sinking Oceanic ship, ditching the confederation as part of a total revamp of football in the country, and leaving New Zealand as the only ‘major’ footballing nation to represent the confederation.
A merger with the Asian Football Confederation could give OFC members a much needed boost. The sad truth is that Oceania is holding them back.
With little financial power removing the chance of fostering talent in the region, one must wonder what the point is in isolating a handful of Pacific nations in the world of football.
No one wants to take on Oceania’s troubles, as little potential is seen in the member nations.
However, this doesn’t have to be the case.
New Zealand alone boasts great potential as a footballing nation, and like Australia, is in the midst of a footballing rebirth, aiming to join the AFC.
Should the Kiwis jump ship, Oceania will become even less significant.
There appears to be only one solution to this problem, and that is to merge the AFC and the OFC.
The AFC is a region of great growth and football potential, becoming a new land of football talent and riches.
Even a fraction of this money could significantly change the fortunes of many Pacific football federations, helping unearth some real talent and bringing a level of professionalism to the region not yet seen.
A merger would also provide New Zealand with more opportunities to play a part in international football.
Football is a global game, a fair game that anyone can play.
Unfortunately the OFC is holding back its members, and preventing football from living up to its potential in the region.
It’s time to merge Asia and Oceania to give the Pacific nations a fair go at football.