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David Chung has resigned as president of the PNG Football Association when he resigned as president of OFC and senior vice president of FIFA.
This was confirmed by the senior PNGFA vice president, John W Gonjuan.
Gonjuan offered his gratitude to Chung for developing a number of projects like the National Soccer League, Education Centre and under 19 youth development project under the Besta sponsorship, among others.
“PNGFA is the legitimate member association of OFC and FIFA therefore continues to function as the national governing body of football in Papua New Guinea,” he said in a statement.
“To ensure good governance and accountability at all levels, the executive committee of the PNG Football Association will adhere to the statutes of PNG Football Association and comply with the process in electing a new president.
“In the meantime, its business as usual at the PNGFA,” he added.
Meanwhile, President of the Football Federation PNG Kapi Natto has welcomed the resignation of OFC President Chung.
Chung, who was the head of the smallest of FIFA’s six global confederations, suddenly resigned on Friday, surrendering his seat on FIFA’s ruling council and becoming the latest senior soccer executive to depart the sport amid accusations of corruption.
Natto said what has happened has trickled down to the outlook of football in PNG.
“We see only six members of football trying to operate in this nation. They are not running their soccer. It’s AWOL. We see administration not functioning. A classic example is the National Soccer League, a competition that I started years ago.
“I will say again that I welcome the news from OFC.”
“When leaders are not running things well, we will have problems all the way down at the local level. Enough is enough. I want football to reconcile. I want soccer to come back together.
“He (David Chung) is not fit and proper to run this organisation because football is falling apart.”
Natto also appealed to the OFC and FIFA to come down to PNG and mediate to help put football in PNG back together.
“Please come and sort out the problems in PNG football. This country is dynamic and powerful in football.
“We’ve done that in club football through Hekari and for PNG at the 2016 Nation’s Cup. This country is a sleeping giant in football.
“If our leaders are not running football well in PNG, then they all have to step down.”
Natto, who has the backing of 12 out of the 18 football associations in the country, finished by saying FFPNG will continue to spread football across the whole of PNG.
“I am still going to run football the way the people want it.
“So to the executives of PNGFA, unite with me now,” he said.
SOURCE: LOOP PNG/PACNEWS
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