The National, Tuesday July 9th, 2013
THE semi-professional football competition, National Soccer League, has netted a lucrative K1 million sponsorship for the next five years.
The country’s premier competition has struggled financially, and the announcement by Minister for State Enterprise Ben Micah during the NSL fundraising and presentation night last Friday at Dynasty Resturant, Port Moresby was a blessing.
Micah said he was investing heavily in soccer to push for the revival of Melanesian Cup soccer tournament to be played among the Melanesian countries in the region that including PNG, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
The Melanesian Cup was phased out due to a lack of political support from governments in the region.
PNGFA was one of the initial founders of the Melanesian Cup along with former Solomon Island Soccer Federation president, late Allan Boso and rotated the competition in Melanesia.
Special guest on the night was Oceania Footballer of the Century, former New Zealand striker Wynton Rufer.
Rufer spent most of his professional career in Germany with Werder Bremen FC.