PNGFA president-elect pays visit to Lae soccer academy

first_imgSoccer BY FRANKIY KAPIN The PNG Football Association 11-Mile soccer academy in Lae, Morobe province is littered with unregulated practice and substandard, incomplete infrastructure. There is also a lack of maintenance of the facilities while the grounds and maintenance staff have been on a stagnant fortnight of up to K280 for the past 10 years or so since the facility was erected. Since his election on October 26, new PNGFA president John Kapi Natto said he is tasked to captain an empty boat and has two years until the next congress to make a change. “We have inherited a financially struggling organisation (PNGFA),” Kapi Natto said on his first official visit to the 11-mile PNGFA soccer academy on Friday. Kapi Natto was given a tour of the 11 mile PNGFA academy including staff houses, the main office and dormitories including mess and ablution facilities. He was also given an overall picture of the power supply and access by the facility which houses the PNG representative teams on training camps. It was revealed to Kapi Natto that two presidents of two soccer associations in PNG have been provided residency within the 11-Mile precinct. Kapi Natto also learnt that three houses funded by FIFA remain incomplete. Kapi Natto was shown the illegal connection of electricity to one of the houses occupied by the named PNGFA member association President. In one of the two three bedroom houses, the electricity main switch board remained tempered in order to access electricity. The mess and laundry facilities are handicapped without the much needed equipment such as a freezers and stoves. Currently the PNG women team is in camp at the 11 mile academy ahead of the upcoming OFC Nations cup in New Caledonia. Kapi Natto said next up is the Kimbe academy that he is visiting. Asked if the PNGFA is indebted, Kapi Natto said he has asked the responsible persons within PNGFA to put the relevant documents upfront for him to assess. “I want to see where the money has been going. I have to check systems and processes,” Kapi Natto said. He said come 2019 the governance and compliance of all 18 recognised PNGFA associations will be undertaken. Kapi Natto indicated now that the world football body FIFA, has PNGFA by the neck and withholding their funds, PNGFA has to convince and redeem itself from its own rot. Kapi Natto meets officials from the FIFA next week. “If I have to make a change it will come with pain. If we (PNGFA) have to grow, we will have to feel the pain. And I have faith to change PNGFA,” Kapi Natto said. He said change for the PNGFA is coming through systems and compliance. Edrish Kumbruwah the technical director of PNGFA and director education center of the PNG soccer academy was at hand to take Kapi Natto on the tour.last_img read more

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Coopman exorcizes Super Nationals demons with Sport Compact crown

first_imgNate CoopmanBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 8) – Those September demons got put to rest Tuesday evening.Nate Coopman shook off the bad luck that had ridden with him in previous visits to Boone Speed­way, winning the Sport Compact main event and becoming the first champion crowned at the 33rd annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.“I’ve been trying to win this race for four years and had nothing but bad luck,” said Coopman, who broke while leading late in last year’s event and had to be wondering if he’d be snakebit again after making early contact with the front stretch wall. “This has to be my biggest win, for sure.”His latest of nearly 200 sanctioned victories paid $250, plus a $230 Speedway Motors Weekly Racing bonus based on 46 starts this season coming into the night.He’d started 12th and passed pole starter Nathan Chandler for the lead on just the seventh of 25 circuits. Coopman was already pulling away from the back when the first caution of the contest waved three laps later.Chandler, the 2011 Super Nationals king, stayed close to the leader before coming to a stop on lap 15. Seventeenth starting Josh Barnes took up the chase from that point but couldn’t catch up.Matt Brehmer, Ryan Walker and Ramsey Meyer completed the top five. Brehmer had started 14th while Meyer made his charge all the way from the 26th starting spot.“I did not want to see any late cautions,” Coopman said, after seeing defending champ Adam Gates slow in turn four, the same location as Chandler, on the 22nd lap. “I ran the inside line al­most all the way and it worked out for us.”Six states were represented in the starting field; Danny Sims became the first driver from Texas to make the Sport Compact main.A Super Nationals record 64 Sport Compacts vied Tuesday at Boone.Feature results – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn.; 2. Josh Barnes, Keokuk; 3. Matt Brehmer, Sobieski, Wis.; 4. Ryan Walker, Wilton; 5. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb.; 6. Brandon Setser, Daven­port; 7. Brandon Lambert, Carthage, Ill.; 8. Scott Spellmeier, Beatrice, Neb.; 9. Cory Pe­ters, Spencer; 10. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City; 11. Terry Blowers, Waseca, Minn.; 12. Danny Sims, Decatur, Texas; 13. Adam Gates, Marion; 14. Jake Benischek, Durant; 15. Jay DeVries, Spencer; 16. David Dembowski, Grand Island, Neb.; 17. Nathan Chandler, Norway; 18. Cody Thompson, Sioux City; 19. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb.; 20. Tyler Whalen, Bellevue, Neb.; 21. Alec Stapleton, Denison; 22. Drew Johnson, Sioux City; 23. Trent Orwig, Eldon; 24. Brandon Reu, Donnellson; 25. Corey Stapleton, Denison; 26. John Gill, Marshalltown; 27. Ron Kibbe, Dan­ville; 28. Chuck Fullenkamp, West Point; 29. Tyler Fralin, Beatrice, Neb.; 30. Stephanie Forsberg, Slayton, Minn.Sport Compacts at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.last_img read more

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