NSL getting stronger


THE semi professional soccer competition, the National Soccer League (NSL) has jumped leap and bound in the last four seasons.

According to acting president of PNGFA and NSL chairman John Kapi Natto that the influx of overseas players particularly from the island countries Solomon Islands and Fiji indicated that the competition is heading for the right direction.

He commended the major sponsor Telikom PNG plus all other franchise owners who took major gamble in investing their hard earn-cash in a practical new commercial venture in NSL.

Kapi-Natto thanked Telikom for the lucrative K200,000 package which covers administration of the league and the naming right sponsorship.

NSL chairman said a lot of franchises are bringing overseas players especially from Solomon Islands and Fiji which shows that the strength and aggressiveness of the competition.

“This would be the fifth season and the sixth season next year, the competition would be tougher with more overseas players and coaches moving up here to play in our semi professional football competition,” he said.

He said it was a bonus to have nine teams this year but would prefer eight teams due to logistics such as playing ovals.

“I hope soccer problem in Port Moresby Soccer Association is resolved so NSL can move back to the home of football, Telikom Park, the formerly Bisini Soccer Ground,” he added.

Kapi-Natto also reminded the clubs that the 2009-2010 NSL season is no exception with teams such CMSS Tigers, Gelle Hills, Gigira Laitepo Morobe and fast-improving Tukoko University Lae ready to knock-off reigning champions, Hekari United.

PNGFA in-conjunction with NSL have allow for window transfer period two weeks before the end of NSL round one to allow franchise owners to sign additional players to beef their campaign.

It would mean that the transfer window would be open from Jan 18 to Jan 30, 2010 to allow the movement of players.

The chairman said those franchises wishing to release or sign new players, they must write to PNG Football Association expression their interest during this period and the clubs must complete necessary documentation for transfer or release.

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He said the 2009-2010 NSL seasons will resume on January 16. Before the can resume the competition, the NSL Board have ordered to complete all their outstanding matches before restart of the season.

Kapi-Natto said the outstanding matches between Niupetro Fox and Eastern Star would be held next Wednesday (Jan 13). The team managers of these two teams must immediately contact NSL office for travel arrangements.




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