PAPUA New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) will progress only if it improves its human resource capacity to help develop football in the country.
So far PNGFA has progressively groomed football over the years as witnessed in the recent 2016 OFC Nations Cup final.
PNGFA secretary general Dimirit Mileng said now the foundation has been set with a gold medal performance in the last Pacific Games by women and the recent final loss to New Zealand All Whites in a penalty shoot at the OFC Nations Cup.
These are some of the successes football has to build on, Mileng said.
He said the foundation has been set and once the education centre in place, it would embark on education in getting more human resources to spread the gospel of football.
Despite what happens in the football politics leading to the August 7 election, PNGFA’s major obstacle is the lack of human resource capacity to deliver quality programmes in the technical areas and creating business development model for PNGFA and its member associations.
Mileng said it was timely to educate the member associations to plan and develop to reach long-term sustainability and success and stay competitive in the world by learning the PNGFA education system through its academies.
The general secretary said PNGFA has enjoyed much success through partnership with OFC strategic plans which were to grow the game, create pathways and generate incomes. PNGFA has used these plans as guide in its mission and vision in order to achieve the PNGFA’s motto of “Inspire to Excel.”
The national football federation under these mission and vision has achieved a lot in football development such as;
- Create player development pathways;
- setting up education centre and training;
- elite performance programme and mentoring;
- women’s football;
- futsal and beach soccer;
- raise the profile of the game;
- generate income; and,
- Good governance in football.
Mileng said some of the PNGFA achievements in those areas included the creation of the semi-professional football league, the National Soccer League, Besta development programme, youth development centre and Meri Futbol programme, centre of excellence and elite programmes and education centre facilities in Lae and Kimbe.
With good governance, Papua New Guinea Football Assocoastion have managed to have its accounts audited since 20015 without any programme for FIFA/OFC and PNGFA members.
All this has contributed to the major success of Papua New Guinea women and the men’s team in the Oceania tournament, he said.
“We need human resource capacity to do more for soccer in the country.”