Kapi Natto joins FIFA committee

Normal, Sports

The National, Monday 19th December 2011

INCUMBENT PNG Football Association vice president John Kapi Natto has been appointed as one of the members of the FIFA World Club Championships committee.
The major task of the committee is to ensure FIFA’s World Club championship is played according to FIFA guidelines and in the spirit of Fair Play.
Kapi Natto broke the news to The National via an email. He is attending the finals of the 2011 World Club championships in Japan.
The appointment is good for Oceania football especially Kapi Natto’s own club which was made up of Pacific island players from PNG, Solomon Islands and Fiji.
Hekari United shocked Oceania critics to play in the 2010 FIFA club championships in Abu Dhabi.
Kapi Natto said it was good for soccer in the Oceania region, especially the PNG football fraternity.
The revised composition of the different standing committees of which one was club football was made at the FIFA Congress in Zurich early in May 31.
“I was surprised while attending the FIFA Club World Cup in Tokyo for two days and watching the FC Bacelona vs Al Sahad FC of Qatar and received an email from the FIFA’s head office that I was appointed as a new member of the Club Football,” he said.
“FIFA congratulated me with a letter signed by the secretary-general, Jerome Valcke for the appointment and he wished me success and enjoyment in this new role at FIFA,” he said.
Kapi Natto said the first meeting would be in the new year.
He paid tribute to PNG Football Association (PNGFA) executive and the Telikom NSL management for nominating him as one of the members of the Club Football in the world body, FIFA.
“This position adds another bonus for PNGFA with our president David Chung as the OFC president as well as the FIFA senior vice-president,” Kapi Natto said.
He said the knowledge and experience gained would be brought back to help the Oceania Football Confederation, the member associations, the PNGFA and the Oceania family members.
 He thanked Chung, the OFC president and the OFC management for recommending him for the position.
He also thanked everyone for their assistance in taking football to a higher level.