By HENRY MORABANG
PAPUA New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) hope to improve from this year on after a big zero was recorded on their performance indicators last year.
PNGFA acting president John Kapi-Natto was reflecting on last year’s performance as PNG looks ahead for a hectic season this year.
Kapi-Natto admitted that there were no major developments and soccer projects carried out last year due to the ongoing court battle by disputing parties over the legitimate PNGFA president.
However, it was resolved amicably between the disputing parties.
He said the case had basically settled everything paving the way for the PNGFA management to continue implementing their plans and objectives.
Another major failure was that PNGFA failed to provide necessary logistic support to Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) consultant David Brand to visit member affiliates.
Brand only visited four major centres of Goroka, Lae, Kimbe and Wabag.
The visit to member affiliates would ensure they felt part of the PNG football family.
Kapi-Natto would like to visit the suspended associations of Popondetta, Alotau, Manus and others to help them find out the reasons for their suspension.
“I want to be part of the PNGFA committee to visit those centres and sit down with them and solve their in-house problems, and ask them why they were suspended from the national soccer body,” he said.
Kapi-Natto strongly felt that PNGFA had miserably failed in this area and would like to lure them back into the big football family.
He blamed the non-visitation to those centres on prolonged court dispute forcing the PNGFA to divert the bulk of their resources rather than supporting the member affiliates.
Kapi-Natto said the highlight of the last season was bringing OFC executive meeting to PNG to assist and provide their support to David Chung as legitimate president of PNGFA.
While the OFC management were here, they also delivered US$5 million (K15 million) worth of projects for the next five years which covers the National Soccer League (NSL) and other football projects.