Saturday marks the new era of football in Papua New Guinea when John Kapi Natto was elected as the new Papua New Guinea Football Association President at the 15th Bi-Annual Congress at Crown Plaza Hotel in Port Moresby.
At the beginning of the proceeding, it was confirmed to the congress that all 18 PNGFA member associations were entitled to vote following a MOU signed between John Wesley Gonjuan, John Kapi Natto and FIFA.
Kapi Natto picked up 10 votes to defeat his closest rival John Wesley Gonjuan with 8 votes.
Kapi Natto brings with him wealth of experience in corporate leadership and sports administration, given that his leadership will be the key to success in soccer going forward.
He served one term as PNGFA Vice President after being elected to the post in 2008 and was instrumental in the establishment of the National Soccer League.
Since entering football as young lad in 1972 following his father’s aspiration in sports especially soccer, Kapi Natto tried to see and understand how and where football was going and how he could be part of this football family in PNG to bring change in taking football in Papua New Guinea to the next level of living in achieving our dreams.
Immediately following the election Kapi Natto took the opportunity to thank his supporters and share his vision for the future.
“I would like to thank the Almighty for getting me elected as the new PNGFA President and the affiliates for having the confidence in my leadership,” said Kapi Natto.
“Our future vision now is to build a better PNGFA than was before. With 18 months of my journey around the country has convince me that we have not done much and our provinces deserved to be part of the PNGFA football family.
“I am ready to bring in great sponsorships to support our different programs in PNGFA and in order for PNG to go to the 2026 FIFA World Cup, it must start now and a dream must be born.”
The owner of Hekari United franchise, Kapi Natto has played a large role in shaping Papua New Guinea football.
His side remains the only non-New Zealand or Australian club to win the coveted OFC Champions League title and in recent years the club has focus heavily on grassroots and youth development.
Kapi Katto and the PNGFA Executive Committee will be in place for the remainder of the term which is due to finish in 2020 before the next Elective Congress.