CONFUSION reigns among soccer clubs in Port Moresby as attempts are made to get the competition up and running for the 2010 season.
The National was reliably informed that the Port Moresby Soccer Association (PMSA) executive and the premier clubs could not do much as there is a current dispute before the District Court in Waigani.
There were several unnamed callers enquiring with this paper asking when the PMSA pre-season and the season proper would begin, however this paper referred all callers to PMSA president Fabian Chow and premier club spokesman John Wesley.
The 2009 premier division did not complete its draws due to the dispute between PMSA’s Chow and Wesley and the premier clubs while only lower divisions completed their matches with grand finals.
Like many sporting organisations the premier division is the flagship of the PMSA and clubs were unhappy with Chow’s on-going battle with the PNGFA which has led to the PMSA being suspended by the national body.
Placing priority on the welfare of the premier players, Wesley and his group used people power to takeover the playing facilities at Bisini ground after PMSA president refused to negotiate with them to lift the PMSA suspension.
The leading soccer association in the country, PMSA, is still under suspension from PNGFA.
The PMSA association according to Chow was suspended for no legitimate reason while Chow continues to use his position and PMSA office to make defamtory statements about the current PNGFA executive which prompted an OFC/FIFA investigating team to call for the suspension.
Despite repeated warnings from OFC/FIFA, a defiant Chow maintains that he is the legitimate president even though the OFC/FIFA overruled him.
Wesley in a previous interview with this paper last year, said, all they (the premier clubs) were doing was trying to get the PMSA back into the PNGFA.
“We’re asking Chow to stand aside so we can negotiate with PNGFA to attempt to get back into the soccer family, however, the PMSA president will not listen to the premier clubs,” a frustrated Wesley said.
Now the dispute is before the court, everyone including the PMSA and the premier clubs can do little as they will be held for contempt if they go ahead and conduct a competition at Telikom Park (Bisini ground).
Attempts to contact Chow yesterday were unsuccessful.