CONIFA South American Director Jens Jockel is on a visit to Chile right now to strengthen the links between CONIFA and the CSANF (Consejo Sudamericana de Nuevas Federaciones).
After a few days in Santiago de Chile Jens Jockel drove down all the way to Temuco, in the very South of Chile, to attend the 8-team tournament “Fecha del Nacional de Fútbol de Pueblos Originarios” (South American Championship of Indigenous People). With Mapuche, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and Aymara three members of the CSANF participate in this tournament and battle for the trophy.
Our South America Director just arrive in time to see the last group stage day and attending a 3:0 win of Rapa Nui over Likan Atay and a 1:1 draw between Mapuche and Aymara.
Besides that he had the chance to meet the team managers and the leading staff of the CSANF to speak about a future cooperation.
During the next day Mr Jockel will attend a few more matches and liaise with the teams before he will meet the Chilean Sports Minister and the CSANF president (again) to do a common press conference.
Another pivotal point of the travel is the signing of a contract ensuring funds of the Chilean Sports Ministry to cover the travel costs of 2 teams to the CONIFA World Football Cup 2016.