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;
- BOUGAINVILLE AND KIMBE FOOTBALL ACADEMY
As reported by The National Newspaper on Thursday September 4th 2014
The National, Thursday September 4th, 2014
By HENRY MORABANG
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.
ONE MILLION FOR SOCCER ACADEMY IN KIMBE
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.
- FUNDING FOR ASSOCIATIONS IN PNGFA
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.
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