Bougainville Utd FC gear up for next NSL season

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LITTLE known Bougainville United Football Club Limited (BUFCL) are preparing for the 2011-12 National Soccer League challenge.
BUFCL Bid Committee chairman Peter Tariesi told The National recently in Buka that his committee was working around the clock to have a franchise in the National Soccer League challenge.
Tariesi, no stranger to soccer in his heydays with Sobou and University, had been mandated to head a powerful team to ensure young Bougainvilleans realise their dreams in the NSL.
He said his committee had so far raised K50,000 to have their team in NSL competition.
Ganei Holdings through its managing director Gerard Ganei and Bougainville Soccer Federation president Justin Halele had put up the money to lure other corporate sectors in Autonomous Region of Bougainville to follow.
Ganei donated K30,000 while BSF injected another K20,000 to kick-start the fundraising drive for the BUFCL.
Tariesi, who was the former managing director of Kalang FM in Port Moresby, is now a businessman in Bougainville.
He said he was aiming to raise K50,000 in the remaining 12 months to support a franchise.
The chairman said the team would be based at the Kimbe Football Academy for cost-cutting measures.
Although the majority of the players will be from the ARB, they will open the doors to players from Kimbe and others from the New Guinea Islands, including current NSL franchises.
Tariesi said he would push for Bougainville United FC because it would unite all Bougainvilleans in the ARB and other parts of PNG.
Tariesi also extended his congratulations to the Hekari United FC and John Kapi Natto for putting PNG on the world map.