Replies to Media ● Mar 07, 2020

FAS response to media query regarding statement made by Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) on Goal 2034

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Goal 2034 is a bold and ambitious project. It would not be easy for us to make it to the World Cup, but, as the NSA for football, the FAS is of the view that we must set bold targets, and we must try.

It starts with getting the basics right, organising our football development program and inspiring a younger generation of players to aim high. Goal 2034 was therefore conceived as a vision and a focal point, designed to galvanise our entire football ecosystem, from players and coaches in the grassroots, community, schools, and finally in elite football as well.

Goal 2034 is necessarily a longer term aspiration. It is a goal which the FAS is happy to lead, but it must be a goal of the country, and all its stakeholders. This gives us the best chance of succeeding.

In that vein, it is surprising to hear SPS Baey Yam Keng say in Parliament that Goal 2034 is not a goal of the Government, and that is it only a goal of the FAS. That was not our understanding.

We will have to clarify this with MCCY, to ascertain if this represents MCCY’s position.

If Goal 2034 is not a goal which the country can support, then it would be very difficult for it to succeed. We will seek to discuss this with MCCY at the earliest opportunity.

– The FAS Executive Committee