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Big loss for Bougainville & PNG with death of Joe Maineke

Joe Maineke and Ben Jackson last yearBEN JACKSON | Bougainville 24

BOUGAINVILLE and Papua New Guinea were dealt a major blow with the sudden passing of Joseph (Joe) Maineke this week.

Joe was a very positive influence as a leader in Bougainville, particularly in the southern region where he worked within the Buin district office with a special focus on youth and sport.

He was also a leader in the Pacific football community and was highly regarded in his roles of president of the Bougainville Football Association and member of the PNG Football Association (PNGFA).

Joe was integral in the initiative to bring a football academy to Manetai in Bougainville as a high impact project for the future development of football amongst children in the region.

His goal for the Bougainville Football Association was to include a team in the National Soccer League by 2016.

President of the Oceania Football Confederation and PNGFA, David Chung, said the PNGFA will work to fulfil his legacy for the development of football in Bougainville.

Joe is survived by his wife, Agnes, and six children.


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Mathias Kin

Sore tru. RIP.

Peter Comerford

Sad news. Sincere condolences to Agnes and family.

John Kaupa Kamasua

Such a great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Agnes and the children in this time of mourning.

Phil Fitzpatrick

Deepest condolences Agnes.

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