Youth holds key for Eini

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

FOOT­BALL Ofer Eini will fo­cus on youth devel­op­ment af­ter be­ing ap­pointed chair­man of the Is­rael FA.

Eini suc­ceeds Avi Lu­zon who served two terms in the po­si­tion, but will re­main ac­tive in foot­ball as a mem­ber of Uefa’s 15-man Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

Hav­ing stepped down as head of Is­rael’s pow­er­ful His­tadrut Trade Union move­ment ear­lier this year, Eini stood un­op­posed in the elec­tions.

He said: “My pri­or­i­ties are build­ing a youth academy, con­nect­ing more chil­dren to foot­ball, in­still­ing be­lief in Is­raeli soc­cer, deal­ing with vi­o­lence and racism among fans, in­creas­ing trans­parency and re­duc­ing the Is­rael FA’s fi­nan­cial deficit.”

Lu­zon re­sponded to crit­i­cism from Sports Min­is­ter Li­mor Liv­nat for poor ad­min­is­tra­tion and de­scribed the past seven years have “been a suc­cess”.

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