The National, Monday July 1st, 2013
FOOTBALL administrators have been urged to be innovative in their approach in marketing and popularising football in the country if they are serious in taking football to the next level.
The foremost task of the national soccer governing body, Papua New Guinea Football Association, is to put a workable team management to win gold at home during the 2015 Pacific Games.
Former Mendi MP Pr. Isaac Joseph issued the challenge to PNGFA to open up their minds in promoting football in the country, rather then taking the back-seat to allow certain administrators to control the game.
Isaac, who initially backed the Petro Souths with the support of MRDC to play in National Soccer League, said he was a great supporter of sports in the Southern Highlands.
The success of Mendi Menjals in the rugby union, Mendi Muruks in inter-city Cup and Petro Souths in the National Soccer League can speak volumes of the assistance the former MP have invested in sports.
He said he supported the call made by John Kapi Natto that the premier regional competition, OFC Champions League, should be played in home-and-away matches to give and provide opportunities for footballers to market themselves and the game of football.
He urged all stakeholders, especially the administrators of football, to start planning and work to select a squad in preparation for 2015 Games.
Isaac said football administrators should not be naïve and start rolling things.