Island to host two-week soccer challenge

The National,Friday June 10th, 2016

FORTY-three teams are contesting in the two-week Manus Governor’s Cup soccer challenge at the Prince William Oval.
According to Manus Soccer interim president Jack Nawi Changau, there are 32 men’s and 11 women’s teams competing for spots in the upcoming New Guinea Islands Besta Cup qualifier in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and the PNG Games in West New Britain.
Selected players will have the opportunity to vie for spots in the National Soccer League Admiralty Peliaus squad.
The soccer challenge is a lead-up to the Manus provincial games scheduled for June 20.  Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin appealed to players to play by the rules and use the soccer challenge as a development pathway to strengthen football in the province.
Benjamin said Manus in its glory days was known for supplying the majority of players in the PNG national team, however that was no longer the case now.
Meanwhile, Manus community development manager Poyap Ponau assured the managers and respective sporting heads that there would be no more deferrals and the provincial games was set to start as determined.