The National, Tuesday October 22nd, 2013
By HENRY MORABANG
LAST year’s grand finalist FC Port Moresby have until Friday to pay their required registration fees for the only remaining spot for the upcoming 2013 Telikom National Soccer League (TNSL) season.
FC Port Moresby is one of the two franchises that have yet to submit their full registration requirements as of close of deadline last Friday. The other team was 2013 debutant WNB Tavur FC.
TNSL development manager Chris Brown confirmed yesterday that the managers meeting saw seven franchises paid their K45,000 which include the two new teams, Lae FC and Admiralty FC.
Others who have fulfilled the requirements include reigning champions Hekari United FC, Huawei Eastern Stars FC, Oro FC (Port Moresby), Gigira Laitepo Morobe United FC, Besta FC and Lae FC (Lae).
Figures released by the National Soccer League board show that club registration fees are the major source of income for the competition making up to 67% of its earnings.
Brown said all franchises hadpaid the necessary fees except WNB and FC Port Moresby who had until Friday.
“If everything goes well, the NSL is scheduled to kick off on November 9,” Brown said.
Gigira Laitepo Morobe United FC manager Toki Mambare thanked his franchise owner Libe Parindali for his continued support to his club and soccer in Morobe.
Mambare admitted that the club did not perform to expectations last season, however, with the new recruits which includes former FC Port Moresby striker Neil Hans and Jamal Seeto from Besta FC, his team will give their best shot this season.
The Garaina man said the Madang duo is the club expensive buys, and the club is looking forward for their contribution for the upcoming season.
He appealed to Morobe supporters to keep their faith in their number one franchise, Gigira Laitepo Morobe United FC despite there being two clubs based out of Lae which include Besta FC ( Lae Football Academy) and new comer, Lae FC.