The Football Association of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FFM) has re-elected Ilcho Gjorgjioski as its president for the next four years.
The 42-year old was endorsed by unanimous acclamation during the association’s assembly in Ohrid. Skopje-born Gjorgjioski was first elected FFM president in July 2012 after leaving his previous position as FK Vardar's coach. He succeeded Haralampie Hadji-Risteski, who had stepped down after ten years at the helm.
A well-respected name in football in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Gjorgjioski had played for numerous clubs during his playing career, including spells with the country's most successful side Vardar and cross-town rivals FK Makedonija GP Skopje and FK Sloga Jugomagnat. He also played in Sweden with Malmö FF, in Bulgaria with PFC Lokomotiv Sofia, in Israel with Bnei Sakhnin FC and in Turkey with Denizlispor.
After his playing career ended, Gjorgjioski moved into coaching initially at youth level, before he won domestic senior titles with Makedonija GP Skopje and Vardar in 2009 and 2012 respectively.
"I would like to thank everyone, who supported my vision for the further improvement of the Macedonian football," said Gjorgjioski after his re-election. In his speech to the delegates, Gjorgjioski stressed that the infrastructure improvements and the development of youth football would continue to be among the association's top priorities. He also added that in the past 12 months, the FFM has made considerable progress in many areas of cooperation with UEFA.
The FFM's House of Football and the national training centre, built with UEFA support, opened in Skopje in March, with UEFA President Michel Platini attending the official ceremony, while ten artificial grass pitches are under construction around the country, thanks to financial support through UEFA's HatTrick assistance programme.
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