Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA)
Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA). Football has enjoyed its fair share of historical moments with the two day visit to Papua New Guinea in 1983 by then FIFA President Dr. Joao Havelange. The PNGFA president at that time was Wep Kanawi and the late secretary Andrew Waho were instigators of the visit. Quickly technical assistance was secured from the German government. A German coach named Jochen Figg arrived in 1985 to assist in the development of the game in Papua New Guinea and was based at the National Sports Institute in Goroka.
Financial constraints continued to hinder development of football in Papua New Guinea. However the FIFA annual financial assistance of US$250,000.00 from FIFA from 1999 to 2003, gave Papua New Guinea Football Association the opportunity to fund its development programs. The establishment in 2003 of the Papua New Guinea Football Association Head Quarters and National Academy, in Lae, Morobe Province, became paramount.
Under the current president, Mr. David Chung, who was elected in 2004, Papua New Guinea Football Association has adopted a vision to promote and popularize football as the number one sport throughout the country and develop Papua New Guinea into a leading football nation in the Oceania region.