The National – Tuesday, December 14, 2010
ALOTAU MP Charles Abel and the Eastern Stars Football Club have reached an understanding to work towards bringing the the National Soccer League, to Alotau.
This followed the successful tour of Alotau by the Eastern Stars FC last week where the Milne Bay franchise team defeated a select Alotau side 4 -2 in an exciting encounter watched by a huge crowd estimated to be more than 3,000.
Abel said he would support the game and would work towards building a football stadium and to lift the code’s standard in Alotau and surrounding districts giving opportunities for local players to reach new heights.
He said football players were paid “millions in professional leagues” while PNG still had a long way to go, we could start by building facilities and developing talent to hopefully get into Eastern Stars or other NSL clubs.
Stars chairman, Joseph Ealedona said the level of crowd support in Alotau strongly backed up this initiative to bring some NSL matches the town and he was hopeful this could be done this season.
“The idea is for Eastern Stars to be based in Alotau where we can play home games.
“The Alice Wedega Park is a good football ground. We just need to improve the surface, put up seating and a fence during NSL games for gate collection and we are ready.”
He said a joint proposal by Stars and Abel was being drafted to be presented to the NSL board for Alotau to be a host venue for NSL games.
He said he was excited and “over the moon” at the massive response of the Alotau community even when the game was being played on Friday.
Ealedona added that he was satisfied Eastern Stars provided the fans the level of football they wanted to see and to promote the NSL in Alotau.