National Soccer League

NSL plans update

As per the current new measures all public gatherings of more than 20 people including sporting activities are being restricted until the 30th of October, 2021.  

PNG Football Association (PNGFA) Competition Director Rooje Suwae said while its business as usual in the office, all 14 teams in the NSL have suspended training in compliant with current new restrictions in place due to the alarming surge of COVID-19 in the country.

NSL Set For July

Meanwhile 13 teams that have sent in their expression of interest will then go through the NSL selection process to confirm the required 10 teams for the competition.

With just over a month to go before the revamped National Soccer League is set to kick off in July, there’s already overwhelming responses  from 13 teams who have expressed interest to take part in this year’s competition.

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.

Morobe FC’s strong efforts commended

Sure it was not the regular side for Lae FC in the start but with a much higher calling as Lae FC shuffles to establish its ranks towards their fifth appearance at the OFC Champions Cup next month in Vanuatu.

Lae City FC head coach, Peter Gunemba, commended the fight put up by Morobe FC who went down 3-1 to Lae FC in round four of the National Soccer League in Lae. 

Gunemba had to bench regulars in Nigel Dabinyaba, Jacob Sabua, Emmanuel Airem and Ronald Warisan in the start of the opening half but not for too long after sensing the inevitable pressure by Morobe United.

NSL kicks off this weekend

The Papua New Guinea Football Association and National Soccer League have announced their kick-offs for the Premier League Competition commencing this Saturday. 

A press conference was held yesterday where PNGFA announced the beginning of the old format.

PNGFA President, John Kapi-Natto, said since 2018 and 2019, the Conference League was endorsed and replayed in the country however, the format was thrown out due to issues surrounding it.

NSL gets K3m backing

The platinum sponsorship will support PNGFA’s premier competition, the National Soccer League, for two years.

Of the K3 million, K1 million will be for the 2019 season while K2 million will cover the next year.

This platinum sponsorship will give Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd the naming rights to the National Soccer League, which will now be called Kumul Petroleum National Soccer League. 

Tusbab Stallions ready for NSL

The club is franchised by Tusbab Secondary School through its school soccer team, Tusbab Blue Kumuls FC, to support youth football development.

After the school team merged with Blue Kumuls in 2010, the club has become a force to be reckoned with.

The merger saw Tusbab Blue Kumuls rise from the bottom of the league to one of the most successful clubs in the history of Madang Soccer Association – in most cases having all its division entering the finals.

26 clubs await NSL board approval

Eight franchises are confirmed to participate for the Southern Conference, seven franchises for Northern, five franchise for New Guinea Islands and Highlands has six.

“PNGFA/NSL Management has acknowledge the twenty six franchises and it’s now for the NSL Board to give the final approval and endorsement of which teams will take part in the 2019 season,” said NSL manager Leslie Babaga.

K60,000 for Kagua-Erave Football Club

Local businessman and chairman of the PNG Games 2020 host organising committee, Sape Molumi, says such a historic achievement deserves backing from the wider Southern Highlands community.

The host organising committee presented K40,000 to the patron of the Kagua-Erave Football Club, Wesley Raminai, while as a corporate citizen, Molumi, on behalf of his firm, Oceanic Construct Ltd, gave K20,000.

“And I also appeal to other corporate citizens of our province and our district to come and support the team that is participating at that level,” he added.

NSL matches in Lae, POM

At the PNG Football Stadium tomorrow, Southern Strikers FC will play host to Buang FC. The match will commence at 3pm.

Fans in Lae will get a double dose of football action on Sunday with Besta PNG United FC up against FC Momase at 12:30pm, followed by the showdown between FC Morobe Wawens and Toti City FC.

This match is set for a 3pm kick-off.

Both matches in Lae will be played at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium. 

Madang FC have the bye in round 10.

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