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Head of Media and Communications leaves OFC

Markham has led the department since replacing former Football Fern Priscilla Duncan in the role in July of 2012 and has successfully overseen all media operations during one of the busiest and most significant periods in the history of OFC.
The ex-New Zealand national league player and Chatham Cup winner leaves the confederation on good terms and with the support of General Secretary Tai Nicholas.
“We regret that Daniel has decided to move on at this time but we wish him all the best for the future,” Nicholas says.
“He has been an important part of the team and, on behalf of OFC, I would like to thank Daniel for his dedication and strong commitment to the development and promotion of football throughout the Pacific region.”
Markham joined OFC just prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and served for two years as a Media and Communications Coordinator before stepping up to replace Duncan, who is now based in Zurich and works for FIFA as a Media Relations Manager, as head of the department.
The 30-year-old took on the role at an exciting time with a packed schedule of competitions on the horizon, including the conclusion of the all-important Oceania qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the launching of a revamped OFC Champions League.
He was in charge of media operations for both key events, as well as the qualifying tournaments for the U-17 and U-20 FIFA World Cups earlier this year and the recent OFC Futsal Championship Invitational.
Other highlights included being selected to become a FIFA Media Officer and FIFA Communications Instructor while his most cherished personal memory is of the 2012 OFC Nations Cup, an enthralling tournament held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, that brought the fans, players and administrators of the region together in fitting fashion.
“It has not been an easy decision to make and I will greatly miss working as part of the Oceania football family, I have enjoyed my three years at OFC and the opportunities this has provided me have been amazing,” Markham says.
“I feel privileged to have been able to work in a sport that I am very passionate about while experiencing a range of different cultures across the Pacific. But I think the time is right to move on and I am excited at the prospect of exploring other opportunities.”

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