The balls were handed to the Wewak Soccer Association by General Secretary of the PNGFA, Dimirit Mileng as part of the PNGFA’s plans to assist member associations in taking football to new heights.
The balls were donated by the Spanish Professional Football Foundation- LaLiga to the PNGFA with the overall aim to promote the sport and its values as a tool of social inclusion which can support children, women and vulnerable groups of people in different contexts.
Mileng acknowledged Wewak Soccer Association for successfully implementing the Meri Futbol concept last year which attracted girls from five primary schools competing in U-14 and U-16 divisions.
“The balls don’t belong to anyone personally. They are for everybody in the local leagues to use to play football,” said Mileng.
The Wewak Soccer Association is made up of eight clubs and is a member of the Sepik Football Association.
Both associations are headed by Mathew Chapok as the president.
Chapok thank PNGFA saying football is developing well in the province and that further support from the mother body will increase the rate of progress.
“We have a total of 16 teams playing in our competition and we are so far happy with the development of football in Wewak.
“Football is moving strongly in our province and we are very happy to see some of our players selected into the national team,” said Chapok.