National Football Stadium

K40m outstanding for Hubert Murray Stadium

Funding for the stadium is from a Public Private Partnership of K120 million through the National Government and Curtain Brothers.

Sports Minister Justin Tkachenko said the outstanding K40m is the Government’s component of making sure that stadium is complete.

The Government is now working with different companies to get them to sponsor the finishing product of the stadium under a tax credit scheme.

Tkachenko revealed that the country is going through a tight economic situation and at this point stadiums are not something that is prioritised to be built or funded.

2017 Hunters squad revealed

The 29-man squad was made public this afternoon at a press conference at the National Football Stadium by Hunters coach, Michael Marum.

The new faces that make up the Hunters for this year's campaign in the Intrust Super Cup competition are: Anderson Benford, Radley Bawa, Eddie Dafa, Junior Rop, Karo Kauna Jnr, Moses Meninga, Nixon Put, Wawa Paul and Wellington Albert.

Marum says 14 players are continuing on from the 2016 season while the other six, including former captain Israel Eliab, Lawrence Tu'u and David Loko, are making their return to the side.

NFS trustees to expand stadium capacity

Minister for Sports, APEC and National Events, Justin Tkatchenko, confirmed this, saying that the trustee of the National Football Stadium are already talking with the Rugby World Cup to expand the two sides of the stadium.

This will bring up the capacity from 15,000 seats to 20,000 before October next year.

“We see that the demand for people to watch the game will be so high therefore, we are negotiating to expand the seat by another 5,000 to get enough people in to watch,” Tkatchenko said.

Japan takes out bronze at FIFA U20 WWC

They defeated the United States 1-0 in front of a crowd of 8098 supporters.

Japan's victory goal was scored by forward Mami Ueno three minutes to full-time.

After over 20 attempted goals through the 86 minutes of play, Ueno scored in the penalty box, sweeping a clear shot from the right and finding the top left corner of the net.

This was Ueno's fifth goal overall in the tournament.

Japan, in white and blue, dominated the game, having 63 percent ball possession.

National Football Stadium to remain Hunters home for next 5 years

The signing which took place at the Naked Fish restaurant in Port Moresby was witnessed by stakeholders from the government and corporate sector including Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko and Managing Director of SP Brewery, Stan Joyce.

Chairman of the Lloyd Robson Oval Trustees and Managing Director of Oil Search, Peter Botten said the he was proud and happy to be extending the partnership with the PNGRFL.

Various road access to be closed for FIFA matches

With the FIFIA U20 World Cup set in the city, NCD managements has authorised for several roads to be  closed in the city to allow free access for teams to move into the field of play on match days.

All access roads will be closed two days prior to match day and control for safety and security of pedestrian and traffic near the four venues set for FIFA U20 matches; Sir John Guise Stadium, PNG Football Stadium, National Football Stadium and Bava Mini stadium.

Venue User Agreement signed for NFS

FIFA Vice President and President of the PNG Football Association (PNGFA), David Chung in signing the agreement thanked Oil Search for coming on board to assist and facilitate the use of the NFS.

“Today’s signing of this user agreement is agreeable by both parties who are very willing to make this World Cup a success in our country.

‘It is through the leadership of Peter Botten that has made this happen to make it affordable for the PNGFA and LOC to use this stadium to not only host the pool matches but also the semi-finals and final.

Aussies thrash PNG 58-0

15, 011 vocal fans packed the stadium to watch what was a David and Goliath battle.

The Australians were in to score as early as the fourth minute when a kick to the wing from five eighth Mitchell Moses fell safely into the hands of Josh Dugan who ran into score.

The visitors were back minutes later after quick hands sent a flying Blake Ferguson over for the Australian's second try.

The Australians were up 16-0 by the 17th minute this time sending in Semi Radradra who was too big and strong to stop from finding the line.

Prime Minister's XIII ready to take on PNG

The team trained well, in stifling conditions mid-morning, and the training session was followed by a coaching clinic with almost 400 school children from local schools in Port Moresby.

NFS to host POMRFL grand final for first time

The women’s grand final will be played as curtain raiser to the Prime Minister’s XIII between Australia and PNG on Saturday, Sept 24 and the men’s grand finals will be played on Sunday, Sept 25.

The last time a grand final for POMRFL was played at PRL Oval was back in 2013 before the venue was transformed into the new stadium.

The K170 million world class stadium was opened in February, 2016 and sits about 10,000 people.

It has so far hosted matches for the Queensland Intrust Super Cup and the Digicel Cup competition.