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Developing Pikinini football

Mr David Brand, Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) consultant to the PNGFA on his recent trip to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, met with the Bougainville Football Association (BFA) executives including president, Justin Helele, vice president — Joe Maineke, secretary general Moses Kivoroy, Pikinini Sports coach — Carl Maneo and schools special junior development President Graham Katoa.

The meeting discussed serious agendas on the proper management of associations, code development and the rules and regulations. Brand said OFC eyes soccer in Bougainville and is looking at ways to develop pikinini football in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville so that it can be played at a reasonable level.

He said pikinini sports; under the theme ‘Their life, our future’ an organised passion, aims to develops football skills at the children’s level.

“And when they are matured, they play quality football at a very competitive level,”

“Teaching football is not different going to school. We have to develop football with the skills.” Brand said.

He said under the football framework policy, the pikinini football will be developed in age groups between the age range of six and 12. “Children will play in their age groups because they are given a maximum activity daily. This means they will also use different ball sizes.” Brand said.

He said soccer has to be developed to put PNG on a wheel stage.

Meanwhile BFA president Justin Helele said this year BFA is pushing to develop football in all associations.

Brand said with the pilot project of 22 fields already set in place with a structural tool for member associations, this will be the catalyst to develop football in Bougainville.

Helele said football is also a mechanism compliment towards the peace and reconciliation process in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

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