The National,Wednesday 13th of February, 2013
By HENRY MORABANG
TELIKOM National Soccer League supporters say founding chairman John Kapi Natto deserves better than the treatment he was given during the official opening in Port Moresby three weeks ago.
A die-hard follower of the now defunct Madang Fox FC, Joe Kambian said Kapi Natto started the semi-professional football league from nothing and took it to where it was now.
Kambian, who grew up with Kapi Natto at the Correctional Institution, in Mendi, said Kapi Natto had followed the footsteps of his late father, Sir Kapi Natto.
He said they had a passion for sports and always wanted to help everyone.
He said Kapi Natto was not a chest-beating person but had contributed immensely to the growth of football since the league’s inception seven years ago.
Former nomadic sports writer, Martin Liri feels for Kapi Natto, saying, it was an unfortunate situation that neither the chairman, Isaac Lupari, and the acting president of PNGFA, Linda Wonuhali, could accord him the respect and recognition he deserved as founding chairman.
Liri, who was a member of the interim committee during the NSL’s infancy, said some people had not been recognised for their contribution and Kapi Natto was one of them.
“We struggled during the founding years, and yet there was not even help from the national body, PNGFA. I drafted the Expression of Expression Prospectus for teams and John (Kapi Natto) used his business contacts to set up the five franchises,” he said.
Kapi Natto lost his chairmanship after losing the contest for PNGFA presidency.