Alotau soccer association swears in officials


THE quiet town of Alotau will soon come alive with football activities following the swearing in of Alotau Urban Soccer Association’s new office bearers.
Milne Bay is part of a drive by Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) president John Kapi Natto to bring all former member associations back to the fold.
PNGFA vice-president, Southern, Morea Vavine applauded the election process which saw Livinai Lepani (president), Jeffery Feeger (vice-president) and Joshua Isea (treasurer) take up their new roles.
The meeting also saw the election of Jonah Tuka (ordinary member) and Clemencia Dukaduka (women’s representative) on the new-look Alotau association.
Vavine said Alotau was not new to PNGFA as it was a former member association but had been ousted over the former administration’s non-compliance of some affiliation requirements.
Under Kapi Natto, Alotau has returned to the country’s football fraternity but it has been warned to address issues of compliance before becoming a full member.
PNGFA member associations manager Stanley Khanna said he was satisfied that Alotau was now recognised.
“Everyone must work together for the good of football,” he said.
“The office bearers must meet the requirements set by PNGFA in line with the Oceania Football Confederation and Fifa.”
Meanwhile, Madang Soccer Association has unanimously retained president Sigifred Bechsel for another four-year term.
His executives are Terrence Manup (vice-president, administration), Adrian Angassa (vice-president, technical), Afini Tawi (treasurer), John Marapal (secretary), Lucy Niaman (women’s representative) and Jagg Gutag (ordinary member).