FA Cup tops PNGFA executive meeting

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THE revival of the regional championships and FA Cup will top the agenda at the PNG Football Association (PNGFA) executive meeting in Port Moresby on Saturday.
PNGFA acting president John Kapi-Natto said he had proposed for the two items at PNGFA executive meeting last year. He will also include them in the coming meeting for executives to discuss and deliberate on.
The regional championships and FA Cup would provide an incentive for rural and urban players not involved with the high-level competition such as the National Soccer League (NSL) to compete.
The Momase Cup, involving teams from the Momase region, which covers Morobe, Madang and the two Sepik provinces, was the only regional championship challenge running.
He said after the regional championships, the national soccer body was keen to see the best men and women players in respective regions to meet at one place to contest the FA Cup.
The FA Cup is a bridge between NSL and member associations. NSL is the semi-professional challenge but with the introduction of FA, it would narrow the gap between NSL and affiliates.
Kapi-Natto said he would be pushing to win the support of other executive members during the meeting tomorrow.
He also indicated that he did not know where to start with regional championships or FA Cup.
However, he hopes to get some answers after the executives deliberated on the matter.
Other items also for discussion was the appointment of the men’s and the women’s coach.
However, it is understood the PNGFA were interested in acquiring the services of South Korean Joo-wan Jung of CMSS Tigers FC following the improvement of the team’s performance in the NSL challenge. They are currently leading the competition.