By ROCKY ISSOU
FOUNDER of National Soccer League (NSL) and Hekari football association president, John KapiNato said it was illegal to elect the PNG Football Association (PNGFA) executives without quorum and it needs full investigation.
Twelve presidents of various soccer associations affiliated with the PNGFA led by MrKapiNato are calling on the Sports Ministry to investigate the re-election of the PNGFA president, David Chung.
“There are 18 soccerassociations in this country and if all get together you need a quorum in there but fifty percent plus one of the 18 makes 9 plus one which makes 10.
“I do not understand why they went ahead and held the elections when they had only six.
“These 12 associations that are standing with me and we are calling on David Chung to resign with his General Secretary Demerit Mileng.
I call on the Sports Minister and the Government to investigate the PNGFA.” KapiNato said.
A unanimous call was made from 12 soccer Associations of including Madang, Lae Football Association, Lahi, Bougainville, Goroka, Koupa, Tabubil, Mendi and others that called for the resignation of David Chung despite a successful year for soccer which saw for the very first time the successful staging of a world class event the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed PNGFA senior vice-president John Gonjuan was reportedly calling for all key administrators of the game to put aside their differences for the sake of the players and the people of Papua New Guinea.
MrGonjuan warned on Monday that if the matter is taken further with regards to government interference, the ramification of that would see the FIFA coming down hard on the PNGFA.
The warning came after last Friday’s announcement by KapiNato to pull out Hekari Football Club from National Soccer League.
“This could jeopardize all the good things that have seen football PNG rise to new heights as it was never experienced before.
“It’s time to put personnel interest aside and humble ourselves by coming together as gentlemen for a round table meeting to find amicable solution.
If we are truly for football in PNG, we cannot afford any interference by the government to intervene on the affairs of the game we all love,” he said.
He added that PNGFA has created a few milestones with FIFA that other third world countries envy.
“We as a country cannot afford anything to derail that momentum and jeopardize the future of our players.”
Currently PNGFA executive committee is keen to rectify the situation with a planned meeting with the Minister for Sports, Justin Tatchenko when he returns from his holiday break.