PNGFA President John Kapi Natto described the anguish felt at the loss of one so young, one who had his life set out before him.
“We have lost an upcoming player and a true son of Papua New Guinea. One who had football in his heart. Football was his life.
“This is a tragic event – a young man playing for the Laiwaden FC, dreaming of football glory, to be cut down in the richness of youth leaves us all with sore hearts, tears and prayers for Mikes’ family, friends, team-mates, coaches and Laiwaden FC officials.