Alotau soccer kicks off


THE Alotau Soccer Association (ASA) kicked off its season on Saturday with 16 men’s and four women’s teams vying for major honours in the Milne Bay capital.
Alice Wedega Park came alive on the weekend after a dreary year with limited sporting activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
ASA president Livinai Lepani said their aim this year was to gain affiliation under the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA).
“We were once a member of PNGFA some 10 years ago,” Lepani said.
“But due to in-house politics, the association pulled out. We are trying to right that wrong by getting affiliated yet again.”
ASA also appealed for more women’s teams to join the competition.
Alotau MP Charles Abel committed K10,000 to ASA to cover administration, trophies and other costs.
“While 2020 has been a bad year for all of us, let’s not allow that to hinder our passion for sports,” he said.
“We need to get our sporting actives off the ground and get youths involved.”
Abel said he would continue to support sporting activities.