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John Kapi Nato Suspended from PNG Football Association

Hekari Soccer Association President, John Kapi Natto has been suspended from the PNG Football Association.

Kapi Natto who had also been running as a candidate for the Presidency of PNG Football, made this officially known in a press conference yesterday.

The now, would-be presidential candidate John Kapi Natto did not mince his words; coming out harshly and condemning the actions of current PNGFA president, David Chung.

Kapi Natto was incensed, claiming that the timing of the policies from FIFA themselves, was motivated directly by the fact that the elections for a new president, was only 27 days away, at the PNGFA general congress, scheduled for the 28th of December in Kimbe, West New Britain.

The FIFA electoral code, a policy introduced by FIFA in 2007, was done in a bid to ensure that all member bodies across FIFA’s 206 associations were all compliant with the rules and regulations required to function.

Prior to the suspension, former PNGFA president Madiu Andrew had responded to a media statement issued by former vice president Seth Daniels, calling for Chung to stop holding the association by ransom, stating:

“The PNGFA is not owned by one individual. It is collectively owned by Papua New Guinea Football Association affiliates. They rightly own the Association and deserve to decide its future”.

Alongside Kapi Natto at the press conference, were member presidents from Madang, LAHI, the Lae Football Association, Manus, Koupa, Bougainville and the Public Servants Soccer Association. The suspension however affects two other associations in Bougainville and Koupa.

President for the Bougainville Soccer Association Justin Helele unhappy with the decision, citing political motivation.

The suspension takes place immediately, and will last for a period of four years.

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