by Jeremy Mogi – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby
The Port Moresby Soccer Association (PMSA) select-side is on the cusp of creating history, as they prepare to take on Asian champions Persipura FC this Wednesday at Sir Hubert Murray Stadium.
The match is part of the national capital’s Independence Day celebrations and while it may only be an exhibition, there is a lot to play for as well.
PMSA, who are also preparing for the southern regional leg of the BESTA Cup, will be using the match as valuable game time for their players. And they will need it.
Persipura are currently ranked near the top echelon of the Asian Football Confederation; qualifying for the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League and playing against the likes of Brazilian Champions, Santos, who they beat 2-1 in a friendly match in 2013.
Their first achievement in the modern era was winning the 2005 Liga Indonesia Premier Division.
Since the introduction of the Indonesia Super League, under Coach Jacksen F. Tiago, they have enjoyed a successful run by winning three titles and finishing three times in second placing.
They have produced many players who have been used by the Indonesia national football team.
PMSA have not had much game time to say the least. Unlike the Momase and Island regions which have had success nationally, suspensions over the past decade or so have had their effect on this association.
The friendly is set for the September 14, and will be held at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium.