Lae City FC

Lae City FC off to good start

Lae City FC started off on a strong note as they dominate possession of the ball in their first group B challenge at the Luganville Soccer City Stadium.

Less than three minutes into the game and an impressive cross by captain Raymond Gunemba saw Emmanuel Simon drive a through ball into the Henderson Eels’ net.

Lae FC prepares for first OFC match

Lae FC head coach Peter Gunemba said the team has gelled into the environment since arriving.

“The team spirit and discipline is high here (Santo),” Gunemba said.

“This is a new team, new look and new style of football and cannot be compared to our recent performance at the national soccer league back home in PNG.

“The OFC is all about winning and we have had the experience and know that. There is so much at stake unlike the NSL where there is room to improve along the way. And that has been the approach for us getting to the OFC.”

Soccer club accuses PNGFA for delay

But the PNGFA blames Lae FC for failing to submit much needed background information to obtain the duo’s International Transfer Certificate that would have seen them taking part in the NSL as of last weekend following their arrival in the country.

According to Lae FC, for almost a month PNGFA sat on their submission requesting the ITC for the two Ecuadorian imports to play in the NSL ahead of their primary recruitment to beef up Lae FC’s OFC championship campaign next month in Vanuatu.