By HENRY MORABANG
A FORMER Papua New Guinea youth soccer representative has commended John Kapi Natto and his Hekari United franchise for setting a high standard of football in the country.
Mochon Peter, a businessman in Lorengau, Manus, commended Kapi Natto and his wife Vonnie Kapi Natto for supporting football.
Peter said Manus was a football-crazed province but lack of good administration had caused the demise of the code.
He said the inclusion of Manusian team Admiralty in the semi-professional National Soccer League had revived interest in the province.
Peter, who trained under Joe Turia as an Under-17 player, said he could not believe a highlander had a keen interest in promoting football at the semi-professional level.
He called on Manus Soccer Association to support Kapi Natto in his bid to become president of the PNG Football Association at the body’s general meeting in August.
“Incumbent president David Chung has been there too long and he has to make way for new people,” Peter said.
“I am confident John Kapi Natto would be a good replacement.”
Peter, who has seen and heard all about the Kapi Nattos on electronic media and newspapers, was glad to meet them in person when the couple were in Lorengau for the Manus Governor’s Cup soccer tournament last week.
“I want to thank you for accepting our invitation to attend the Manus Governor’s Cup final,” Peter said.
The former representative, who is the benefactor of Triple X soccer club in Lorengau, said he was overwhelmed that the highlander beat all odds to run the most successful club in the NSL — Hekari United.
He said his small company, Juromo Enterprise supported soccer and from time to time, he felt obliged to help the football competition.
By HENRY MORABANG