By Jeremy Mogi – EMTV Sport, Port Moresby
The 2015/16 season of the biggest football competition in the country, the National Soccer League (NSL), has been officially launched in front of franchise clubs and major sponsor, Telikom PNG.
Present at the launch event was NSL Chairman, Isaac Lupari, Telikom CEO Michael Donnelly, as well as various members of the PNG football fraternity.
In attendance were various sponsors of most of the franchise clubs, from both the Northern and Southern conferences, which included Hekari Utd, Goroka Gohisa, Admiralty, FC Port Moresby, Huawei PS and Madang FC.
Chairman Lupari spoke of football transcending across all facets of PNG’s social platform, and preaching the gospel of football throughout the country.
With newly appointed senior national coach, Flemming Serritslev, observing proceedings, PNG Sport Foundation CEO, Peter Tsiamalili, spoke of how football in the country has now raised the profile of PNG as a sporting power house in the region, with commitments of support.
Telikom PNG CEO, Michael Donnelly, pushed for clubs to be more business minded with the opportunity for their players to be exposed at an international level.
Huawei PS United player Gilbert Anis believes Hekari still remain the biggest threat in the Southern Conference, but didn’t rule out his own team.