The National, Monday 30th January 2012
By HENRY MORABANG
HEKARI United FC team manager Vonnie Kapi Natto has challenged the PNG women’s national coach Steven Mune not to intimidate her players during the national camp.
Kapi Natto has joined others who had expressed disappointment over the selection and overlooking some of her top players for the Olympic Qualifier in Fiji.
She was particular upset after golden girl Ara Midi was unceremoniously dumped from the team because of her ties with the club – Hekari United.
She said it was not the first time for the women’s players in the club to be intimidated by the coaching panel and it should stop immediately.
Kapi Natto said she was not convinced the reasons given by Mune to drop members from Port Moresby who were part of the Pacific Games gold meal winning team in Noumea, New Caledonia.
“When you talk about discipline, both men and women in the Hekari United FC were the most disciplined in the competition. What kinds of discipline are PNGFA and Mune talking about?” she queried.
Kapi Natto said Midi should be judged as an individual player and not as a member Hekari United FC. She is in top form and should be recalled. It is understood that goalkeeper Linda Bunaga had been recalled.
Meanwhile, Port Moresby Soccer Association president Russel Tsuga and his secretary John Mogi have disassociated themselves from the statement released by vice-president Peter Levete.
Mogi said Levete had been sidelined for insubordination and should not make any statements on behalf of the Port Moresby Soccer Association.
The association executives have been working tirelessly to get back into the football family, and such statements by Levete will only dampen the chances of becoming an affiliate.
Mogi said any future statements about the association affairs should be authorised by Tsuga or him.