Tuesday, 24 April 2018

PROBE PNGFA: Where Is the Football Academy For Bougainville and WNB?

The world’s greatest game still faces a lot of challenges in terms of its development in Papua New Guinea despite millions of dollars being funded by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) to develop soccer in the region.

Majority of the then sixteen (16) recognized football associations in PNG are not having active competitions and the level of competency between provincial teams has significantly dropped.

Proper playing and training facilities, academies and skills development programs are yet to be introduced to most affiliated associations under the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA).

The selection of PNG Mens and Womens soccer teams have been based mainly on successful competitions in Lae, Lahi, Madang and Port Moresby. Smaller town competitions like Wau, Manus, Kagamuga among others have struggled to qualify their players for the semi-professional and national duties.

The missing link has been the absence of active competitions and development programs in schools and communities in rural areas and the sporting facilities, officials and resources to run competitions.

The PNGFA Football Academy in Lae couldn’t cater for all aspiring soccer players in Morobe alone.

PNGFA President David Chung has been at helm of looking after soccer not only in PNG, but the region as a whole as President of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) vice president of FIFA.

Under his leadership, many member associations have raised concerns of not getting what they deserve from the PNGFA.

Here are some of the projects funded by FIFA that didn’t eventuate;

As reported by The National Newspaper on Thursday September 4th 2014

The National, Thursday September 4th, 2014
THE setting up a football academy and elite programme is the key for the future of the game in the country.
PNGFA president David Chung said that after at the ground-breaking ceremony of PNGFA Football Academy in Bougainville last Friday.
Chung said the Bougainville Academy was built using money from the FIFA Less Privelleged fund at a cost of K1.8 million, while the Autonomous Region of Bougainville government contributed K1.8 million in a kina for kina arrangement.
Chung said plans to build other academies were still in progress. 
The Gold Project-funded academy in West New Britain capital, Kimbe, is undergoing phase one of the project while phase two would be paid for with a funding of K1 million by the provincial government.
Chung said he could only acquire more FIFA funding if the Kimbe project was 90% complete. 
FIFA Gold Project development officer Glen Turner is pushing hard for Kimbe to complete the project before they (PNGFA) can have additional financial assistance.
Chung, the vice-president of FIFA, said he wanted to install floodlights at the academy so national teams could train and play at night.
“If everything goes according to plan, PNGFA will submit for funding to upgrade the main academy in Lae, and hopefully push for a Port Moresby academy to be built,” Chung said. He said it would cost K1.2 million for all the projects.
The main purpose of the football academies would be to evaluate and monitor players involved in the programmes. 
Statistics and other data would be kept on players to track their porgress. Chung said this was an important aspect of elite sport that the PNGFA was committed to.


The Soccer Academy in Kimbe is one million kina closer to realization.

This was the amount West New Britain Governor, Sasindran Muthuvel, handed over to PNGFA President, David Chung, in Port Moresby yesterday.

It represents the West New Britain Provincial Government’s counterpart funding toward the project.

At a media conference in Port Moresby yesterday, the West New Britian Governor was happy to meet the province’s commitment to the K2.4 million academy.

The Governor was also pleased to note that FIFA gave its approval for the construction of this academy, not only to promote soccer, but other codes as well, using this facility. This facility will also be used when the province hosts the PNG games in 2016.

PNGFA president David Chung was grateful for WNB honoring its commitment.

Chung said formal approval for the academy in Bougainville is expected to be granted by FIFA at its meeting on March 22nd.

There will be a groundbreaking ceremony in April or May of this year for the academy in Bougainville. The AROB government has committed counterpart funding of US$600,000 (K1.3million) with FIFA to meet the other half, to construct this new facility.



November 2, 2016
THE long awaited Financial Assistance Program (FAP) for Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) member associations will be delivered as early as December this year.
This follows the announcement made by PNGFA President David Chung in August this year.
The FAP value is K100,000.
The financial assistance program will be headed by former Madang Soccer president Seigfried Beschel.
“The FAP is program driven, geared as a development tool to assist the member associations,” said PNGFA general secretary Dimirit Mileng.
The specific areas being targeted include:
    Investment & Capital Cost
    Materials & Equipment
    Project Operational Costs
    Education & Capacity Building
    Project Staff Costs
    Football Events & Competitions
    Fees and Consultancy
    Project Marketing & Consultancy
Mileng said the finer details and areas within these categories are contained in the application form.
“The financial assistance will be provided to member associations who have developed their strategic plan for their association.
“The strategic planning and administration workshop was conducted with the assistance of Oceania Football Confederation Staff in mid-May this year in Goroka.
“Member associations were to have completed their Strategic Plan and submit to the secretariat office.
“So far no association has submitted their plans accordingly,” he said.
FAP funds will not be handed out without submissions of quotations and details of service provider’s bank details amongst the criteria set.
“And more importantly it must be aligned with member association Strategic Plans.
“As the FAP will be used accordingly and must also be reported for audit purpose,”Mileng added.

The country’s national football body – Papua New Guinea Football Association has gone through a lot of improvement since 2004.
Our achievements date back from July 2004 – 2016 – as we began laying the foundations of our football body in order to strengthen the code. Re-organizing PNGFA and restructure for accountability was important;
    • Putting in place an accounting system;
    • Getting 2014 account report in place for FIFA; and
    • Audited yearly putting in place an accounting system that gets yearly audited and sent to FIFA since 2005.
      Looking at improving our current facilities with goal projects to set the path way to rebuilding facilities;
    • Goal project rebuilding Lae Academy work completed by the contractor;
  • Second facility – building an academy in Kimbe. We secured funding and now the construction is underway in Kimbe.
  • Construction underway to improve Lae facilities especially for more staff, solar panel lights for the facilities, floodlights for playing fields, building on new kitchen, gym facilities and renovation of the accommodation.
    Improving the game was the number one priority and establishing the semi-pro competition was the way to go;
  • Set up National Soccer League and the mission is to lift the profile of PNGFA competition through a higher level format of competition.
  • Franchises take ownership who are interested to pay players to play. In that way good players are grouped together to play thus lifting the standard of the game.
  • We allowed a minimum of 5 foreign players to be recruited. Our member associations are important and so are their competitions. It is important to keep the competition between MA as to maintain the level of competition among them.
  • We introduced FA Cup for members through Regional Qualifications and top 2 from the men and women’s team go through to the final. We managed to secure Besta sponsorship and this has paid dividends as we continue to grow the game in this provincial level.
  • We set up the Besta Under-20 youth team as a franchise to participate in the NSL. Our mission is to prepare them for future national duties.
    To continue to develop our game we need to have established programs in PNGFA
  • We introduced elite developments programs with OFC.
  • We introduced coach/mentoring programs with OFC and got professional coaches to be in PNG to conduct courses and coach the national team.
  • This resulted in the success story of the men’s national soccer team’s performance in the recent 2016 Nation’s cup.
    The result was also evident during the men’s performance in the Pacific Games where they received a bronze medal. The result was also good for the women’s national team who won gold and retained the Pacific Games title for the fourth time in a row.
  • We are now providing more education in terms of coaching and refereeing. We average about 9 courses a year for coaching and referees courses.
    Our participation in OFC tournaments began the pathway for the women in the country;
  • Participate in all OFC qualifications tournament.
    Women’s senior team undefeated and won 4 consecutive times in Pacific Games.
  • We established Education Centre and programs through OFC; and
  • Now we are hosting the first ever FIFA U20 Women World Cup in PNG come November; and
  • Hosted International friendly tournament for the men and women.
    To build on educating our human resources is the important tool to sustain our growth in the game
  • Now we are setting up an education centre in Lae and by September this centre should open; and
  • We are also setting another education centre in Kimbe. We aim to have it completed by January and open the centre after Provincial Games.
    Our future is very important. This is our focus.
    We have set the foundation to build on that with our programs already established.
  • FA competition U19 men and women;
  • FA competition U15 men and women;
  • FA competition U17 men and women;
  • FA Cup competition men and women;
  • National Soccer League men;
Women National Soccer League will be launched in July to start season 2017.
We have set up the foundations for PNGFA based on our strategic planning on three pillars that is to grow the games, create pathways, general income.
We have shown the way to inspire to excel.
Our mission for 2017 – 2020 onwards will be to assist members association in the following areas;
  • Members Association competition structure;
  • Members Association technical develop programs;
  • Members Association Administration and Business development planning programs;
  • Members Association infrastructure;
  • PNG Football financial assistance programs annual budget for K2 million special project applications funding to FIFA.
  • Funding application criteria and forms will be ready by November 2016 for members association to secure their funding as early as before 31st January 2017
Member Association are eligible to apply funding to the total of K110,000 maximum per year allocated for all or any of  the 5 categories members can choose from;
1. Competition
  • Expenses for officials; Logistics; Referees allowances; Accommodation; Food; Trophies.
2. Coaching
  • Attend course expenses; hosting courses expenses.
3. Referees
  • Attend courses expenses;
4. Infrastructure
  • Leasing of fields of play; Maintenance of fields of play; and
5. Administration
  • Wages for full time general secretary; Wages for fulltime technical development office; Wages for book keeping and audit fees.

Now that David Chung has resigned over allegations of fraud,  the entire PNGFA executives have to be investigated and all their books have to be audited.
Current PNGFA executives have to be cleared if they have breached any laws on occupying office. Executives have to be presidents of existing member football associations.

To be continued in Part 2

Thursday, 19 April 2018


Settlement is not a crime and settlers are not criminals, let us be mindful about that. Settlement is a product of urbanisation and urbanisation is not a crime either.

By Rtd Judge Justice Nicholas Kiriwom
In my previous post I said that settlement in Madang (like every other town in PNG) goes back to the colonial era when employers provided no accommodation to their faithful servants who needed roof over their heads and in order to serve their masters. The servants then in consultation with local landowners or administration erected makeshift homes on the fringes of the town, which homes eventually developed into permanent houses, and they squatted on those places and eventually became known as squatters or settlers. But these were not unemployed people, they had work and contributed to the development of Madang Town and Madang Province. There are some settlements that go as far as that period such as the bulk store, wagol, yabob road and kerema compound, biliau just to name a few.
We cannot remove settlements, we have tried it before and it did not work, settlements kept springing up again, many settlers returned or new ones came and took the place of those that left. You cannot solve lawlessness in Madang by removing settlements indiscriminately. It is like throwing the baby with the bathtub out the window. There will be many employers both government and private who will be employeeless or workerless when there is closure of settlements and mass exodus of many public servants who live in some of these settlements.
If you are looking for someone to blame for the mushrooming of settlements in Madang town, blame the employers for not providing accommodation to their staff. And who will deny this? When you see most advertisement for vacant positions in the media, more often than not the ad carriers the statement ‘own accommodation’ or ‘accommodation not provided’. People look for jobs in town and once they secure that job, accommodation comes next.
We have inherited a problem through oversight which is now haunting us. But we can overcome it. We just need to rise above the issue at hand and deal with it positively and not be influenced by emotion. Removal of settlements can have serious backlash as many others have commented. We have to think and act smartly in this modern era to deal with the issue facing us without creating more problem.
We have to identify those settlements that have contributed to the development of the province and those settlements that sprung up recently to take advantage of the development in the province. The latter group must be thoroughly screened and critical decision need to be made about the future of those new settlements.
There must be a cut-off point when no-more settlements be permitted to spring up anywhere with 10 kilometre radius of Madang Town which requires cooperation from communities in and around Madang Town and villages within the 10 or so kilometre radius.
All houses on legitimate settlements be registered with a central body managed by the provincial administration and every occupant of each house must also be registered. There should be a limit of number of people in a household and the population of each household is also registered with the administration. There should be regular inspection and monitoring of these homes to make sure that they are not harbouring unemployed vagrants without jobs in their homes.
Our biggest problem over the years is that we have given the settlements free hand to decide who they bring home to their houses and how long they remain with them. We need to regulate this unnecessary movement of people. We failed in this regard and classified settlements like ‘no-go zones’ or ‘place blong ol raskals’ and have now become fearful of settlements as it they are poisonous snakes, and now we cry out to get rid of them.
The key word here is manage. We need to manage the settlements properly. If we manage the settlements properly and at the same time have an effective policing system, we can get on top of the lawlessness in Madang Town. Madang town is not that big. With enough police patrol in public places and ensuring that the public cooperate to report any bad behaviour anywhere to the police and there is immediate action taken and the problem is addressed, we should be able to solve our law and order problem. We just need cooperation from everyone.
Law and order issue is not just police work. This is where we get it all wrong. It’s like sending our children to school and leave discipline and good manners to the teachers only to teach our kids while we sit back and expect to see a good outcome at the end. Complacency is our biggest failure. We are too complacent. We need to be proactive rather than reacting to situations when matters get out of hand because we allowed such to happen.
I think the time has come now to put to test this so-called freedom of movement protection in the Constitution that has been much abused and it has become a curse on us throughout the country.
We can start now in Madang by regulating the movement of people coming into town and staying overnight with relatives, limiting the number of settlements to ones that can be managed and prohibiting further growth of squatters and no more houses to be built on exisiting settlements with out permission from town authority or an appropriate regulatory body managed by the provincial administration.
It will help greatly, if the so-called NID System that the Government is talking about is fast-tracked and everyone is registered. We are just a small country with less than 8 million people and this registration process started in the last government and is yet to see the end. In other countries, it would have taken much less than a year to accomplish. But then this is PNG.
These are just some off-the-cuff thoughts I am sharing for those concerned about what is happening in Madang Town today. Please share your views and we can articulate and refine as we go along.
Thank you.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018


In light of all the criticisms levelled against journalist, reporters and freelance bloggers on Facebook, I would like to share a bit of my story on my short journey through this job as a media personal.

This story aims at putting to rest doubts and questions people have been having regarding my career and how I have reacted against the wishes of many people who I've surround myself with.

My story will only give a short insight into who I am and how I have struggled to have come from barely nothing; no qualifications but have worked my way through to be where i am.

After all, I am going back to school to further my studies and to enhance my skills on what I love doing. I hope someone who is reading this would be inspired not to give up in life.

First of all, I come from a family where I lost one of my parent in 2009 when I was doing my Grade 12 studying Economics and History. I had so much interest in media and journalism but could not further my studies because of no financial support. I applied for a job as a radio broadcaster in 2011 with a local radio station, got accepted and worked with them for over a year. During my time as a broadcaster at FM Morobe, I usually do news translations and sometimes present news bulletins.

In 2012, I was recommended to work for PNGFM, a company that owns three of the biggest commercial radio stations in my country. I worked as their Lae base journalist covering news and sports for their radio news bulletins. During my term with PNGFM, I have learnt alot of new things, attended a couple of media trainings and built my passion from then.

In 2014, I joined EMTV as crime and sports journalist. Two different things that involve people of my age (youths) and most of these people come from the type of upbringing that I came through. I personally taught myself that third world journalism must be all about positivity and creating the change and pathway for the development of my young nation. When I report on crimes I highlight the need for job employment, cash flow issues and the effects of an education system that leaves a lot of people out of job. Some of these young people turned to crime as their only means of getting some money, while other chose their hobbies like sports to keep themselves busy. My life experiences growing up from a shanty settlement on the fringes of Lae City also inspired me to write a blog titled "My Land - Graun Blong Mi" which talks about everyday Papua New Guineans and we can learn from our downsides.

In 2015, I left EMTV and joined the National Broadcasting Corporation of Papua New Guinea (the most trusted news agency in PNG). It was a dream come true for me. I always wanted to work for NBC when I was at school. I am now working as a Provincial News and Sports Journalist for NBC Radio and Television. I produce my own stories for both mediums and as well write for my blog.

I always want to write stories that give a bit of insight into our traditional ways of doing things and how western influence has affected our way of life. I see that from my struggles growing in a settlement, I want to be an inspiration to fellow young people that no dream is too big if one is passionate about achieving his/her goals in life. I would not say I have achieved my goals in life, but I still trying my best to work my way towards my goal and that is get into a college an dfurther my education.

Thankyou and God bless you for your time in reading this.


The greatest challenge facing journalism in Papua New Guinea is there is no freedom of press. It is the courage to speak and write the truth and using the right medium to express your views.

Almost everything that is printed in the press is scrutinized and controlled by the government or an agent in the newsroom- preferably the editors.

Everyday Papua New Guinean journalists face a much bigger challenge as they have to write according to what their editors can accept or they get sacked for insubordination.

In PNG, the “kaikai man” is referred to someone who writes propaganda in return for favor. The syndrome is deeply rooted that one cannot get away from this, even the reporter with full knowledge that someone is corrupt or lying will continue to write good about him or her – glorifying parliamentarians and government bureaucrats is common in PNG.

So how do you expect a graduate journalist to deviate from this trend? Years after years, the trend continues. The what, when, where, why and how questions have gone to the bunker. No journalists have got the courage to ask these questions anymore.

Journalists in PNG have got assaulted and some taken to court, not because they did the wrong thing. All because of standing up for the truth and of course the truth hurts.

The media has been suppressed by the very people that it (media) supposed to be keeping them in check and balances. So where does democracy and media freedom in PNG stands?

Social media is the new technology that is now being accessible by almost 80% of PNG population. It is the most powerful tool to reach millions of people in PNG than the mainstream media.

Facebook has taken over the news media role in PNG with almost all news, photos and half-baked stories being published by anybody. Social media news can be inaccurate at times and well balanced but it seems to be expressed more freely than in the mainstream.

Journalist are the mouthpiece for the people, however continuous social media outbursts have somewhat highlighted poor journalism in terms of investigative reporting. Let me say it again, it has always been the editors and news bosses who have the final editing done to the news pieces.

The PNG government has passed laws on cybercrime but how soon these laws can be implemented for the good our society is yet to become fruition.

The other challenge is on media outlets to utilize the social media platforms to disseminate news and information. Social Media policies passed by certain media outlets also barricades journalists to have a human view on issues and posting them on social media. I have my personal blog titled “My Land – Graun Blong Mi” which I use it as an extension to write feature stories on people and lifestyle in PNG.

All in all media in PNG cannot be defined as free. We are still facing a lot of challenges to find our worth in this society of ours.

Thursday, 12 April 2018



By Simon Eroro

Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha actions demand a serious criminal investigation concerning the case of two foreigners, a Malaysian Peter Ling and a Chinese Kevin He Kai.

Peter Ling was allege to have breach migration laws, yet he was never arrested for the migration offence and put before the court to test the allegations. Everyone is entitle to full protection of the law whether foreigner or citizen as such Peter Ling was never found guilty of the allegation by the court instead he was deported in a rush. Peter Ling has lived in PNG for over 26 years and paid taxes and is a genuine worker and investor. Solomon Kantha together some police officers (identified) deported Peter Ling in haste without the benefit of the court finding him guilty. Just imagine what if the court found him not guilty? We might be deporting an innocent man. Serious infringement of human rights. Why hurry? The deportation sounds fishy? This I believe is now the subject of a major criminal investigation announce recently by ACP Crimes Victor Isouve.

My initial investigation reveals that a rival company funded the deportation plane tickets for the deportee and police/immigration escorts? Deportation is a state sanction removal why is a private company sponsoring all this? Sounds fishy and highly suspicious. A conflict of interest, bias, abuse of office, it seems to be privately sponsored.

Kevin He Kai

Branded as the Chinese mafia was found guilty by the Waigani National Court and sentence to CIS Bomana for stealing and smuggling related crimes. He was also arrested for being in possession of dangerous fire arms. Since being found guilty of the criminal charges he was deported by the former Immigration task force team and blacklisted from re-entry. The criminal charges of Kevin He Kai is confirmed by senior Lawyer Public prosecutor Mary Zurenuoc

Interestingly at the eve of 2017 Kevin He Kai was allowed back into the country by Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha.

As a journalist covering this story back then I was interested and interview the former Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato now Foreign Affairs Minister and he said he has no idea and it was CMO Solomon Kantha. After he consulted Solomon Kantha Later he reveal to me that CMO Kantha admitted it was an over sight.

An oversight? Someone placed on black list with read alert on his name, should be apprehended as soon as he arrive is unbelievable. After I raise the alarm with the Minister they stop him again at the airport and refuse him entry. Just imagine if I have not raise the alarm, the mafia will already be in the country by now.

Our Border and national security is under serious threat, people who are on the black list can come in and move out any time.

This is the biggest scandal in PNG Immigration, this is highly suspicious that things are not right in Immigration.

The Prime Minister and chief Secretary must order an immediate investigation and CMO Solomon Kantha must be sideline and investigated. This is very serious and can amount to treason as Government officials betraying their country.

Immigration Minister Petrus Thomas was totally confused when Oro Governor Gary Juffa raised this matter in Parliament on Wednesday. Minister's response is very shallow - he does not know what is happening in his Ministry.
Kevin He Kai was in the country since July 2017 and has been travelling in and out of the country right under the nose and eyes of Immigration officers at the airport. Minister Thomas if you don't know when he came in on 6th April 2018 immigration officers took him to the office and Solomon Kantha directed for his release and now here in Parliament as Minister said investigation will commence, detectives are working on the case. Minister Thomas you seem to be total confused, you don't know what you are saying in Parliament, it went on record on NBC news, and your Chief Migration Officer is fooling you.

If you are confused let me advice you, the subject of your investigation should be on the Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha he was the one who allowed him in and out. If you don't know he came in on July 2017, went out on December 2017 came back on 8 March 2018 went back and came back on 6 April 2018 and now his in the country. All this time he was travelling in and out and now you want to investigate him and I quote you" Detectives are working on the case", this is a total joke, you are confused. The fact of the matter remains your Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha is the man behind all this, you should suspend him and order an investigation.