Well it’s finally here! The opening of the National Soccer League was officially kicked off by Exxon Mobil’s Government Relations Manager Hitesh Lal, as NSL Chairman Isaac LuparI, PNGFA Senior VP Linda Wohunali and Port Moresby Soccer Association President John Wesley Gonjuan looked on.
Featuring live band performances and exotic dancers, the organizers were looking to start off on a high note after 8 weeks of uncertainty. Club managers were briefed by the NSL prior to kick off, regarding issues on a number of substitutes and basic protocol.
Linda Wohunali, Senior Vice President of PNGFA was very excited about the start of Season 2014, and was anticipating that the new edition of the competition would be better than the last, with most issues from the previous season being looked at, considered and evaluations done accordingly.
Meanwhile, Joseph Ealadona, Franchise owner of Eastern Stars FC commented on the status of the NSL and its importance in the preparation of the team for the upcoming Pacific Games, stating that with such a high level competition, PNG should do well in the quality of players and would use the competition as good prep for the tournament.
With PNGFA in talks with both the OFC and FIFA to raise the status of the Pacific Games to be noticed as qualifying matches for the Nations Cup and World Cup, players in the tournament have opportunities for bigger and better things apart from just club competition.