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Ground breaking of Bougainville Academy

Accompanying Chung is FIFA Director Member Associations & Development Division, Mr. Thierry Regenass, FIFA Development Officer, Mr Glen Turner with PNGFA Executive Committee Members.

Chung and his delegation including ABG Minister responsible for sports, Melchior Dare were welcomed at Manetai by ABG Minister for economic services Nicholas Daku who is the principle landowner of the area that will accommodate the academy and led on to the stage by Manetai Singsing Group.

Mr Chris Nawa, master of ceremony introduced and welcomed Chung with his delegation then Manetai Primary School student sang a welcome song for the guests.

President of Bougainville Soccer Association Joseph Maineke with his opening remarks acknowledged the guests and said this project is an impact project in Bougainville for the future of our children in football development and ask the people to look after the project until its completion.

Minister Daku also shared the same sentiment by appealing to his people not to interfere with the project because it will be for the future of our children while at the same time acknowledged his family for supporting him in providing the 10.66 hectares of land to FIFA for the future development of soccer in Bougainville.

FIFA Director Member Associations & Development Division Mr Thierry Regenass thank everyone and gave a brief on one of the priorities of FIFA, which is the utilization of soccer as a means of bringing other developments into an area and country as a whole.

He also recognised Minister Dare and Minister Daku for making the project and event possible and said this is a great example of partnership between football, government and people.

“When I travel to other countries in the future I will talk about this project because this is the way forward and how it must be made,” said Regenass.

Following that Chung gave a brief history about himself and Maineke before thanking Bougainville Provincial Government for agreeing in building the academy and Minister Daku in providing the land.

“In Papua New Guinea land is very important for us and we fought for the land but for Minister Daku to do that is because he has a big heart for his people,” said Chung.

To end the ceremony, the unveiling of plague and ground breaking by Chung, Regenass and Minister Dare.

FIFA allocate US$600,000 which is equivalent to K1.8 million while the Autonomous Bougainville Government will also counter fund this project with K1.8 million.

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