Moresby soccer association defers competition


THE Port Moresby Soccer Association has deferred the start of its competitions from Feb 26 to March following the recent Coronavirus (Covid-19) ban on gatherings of more than 100 people.
President Joseph Ealedona said this would affect his association’s calendar which they had planned to complete the remainder of the 2021 season from next month to March before kicking off the 2022 season in April.
He said he would meet with the National Control Centre’s Niupela Pasin team this week to present the association’s Covid-19 protocols for approval.
“General secretary George Bukoya and I will meet with the Niupela Pasin team,” Ealedona said.
“Since the new measures will end on March 1, we are deferring the start of our calendar to March, pending any new measures.
“If the ban is extended, we will start the competition without spectators. We just hope that there is no total ban on sports.
“Our association runs a competition that is sanctioned under the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA), Oceania Football Confederation and Fifa. So we are instructed to comply with the measures.
“Through PNGFA, we also come under the PNG Olympic Committee and the PNG Sports Foundation, so compliance is paramount.
“I will advise further following our meeting with the Niupela Pasin team and pending our executive committee’s directions.”