By ROSELYN ELLISON
SPORTING groups and associations in Manus province have been challenged to get themselves organised before requesting for the financial assistance the provincial government.
Manus Governor Michael Sapau was speaking at the presentation during the week-long soccer tournament in Lorengau played under his patronage, the Michael Sapau Cup, last Friday.
“Let us get ourselves organised and provincial government will assist,” he told the packed crowd at Prince William Oval in Lorengau.
He said he had seen sports activities were one way to minimise social problems in the community.
Manus is taking part in soccer because it is the number one sports in the province.
Sapau said Manus had produced a lot of best soccer players in PNG today which include players like Kisakiu Posman, Geoffrey Emang, Francis Moiyap, Maso Salaiau and Joe Saleu.
He told the gathering that the LLG would play for the President Cup and the Governor’s Cup.
With great interest and support from Admiralty Islands, Sapau has increased the sponsorship from K5,000 this year to K20,000 for the Governor’s Cup tournament next year.
There are also plans mooted for a sports stadium and the provincial government will working with the provincial sports council and Manus Soccer League to ensure it is built.
For this year’s Michael Sapau’s Cup, eight LLGs took part in the tournament which include Lorengau Urban, Lele Madih Pubi Chepeu, PNKA, Kali Bipi Sobaribeu, Pobuma, Nali Penabu and Tetidu, Rapatona and Los Negros.
PNKA were the champions for this year defeating Lele Madi Pubi Chepue with 4-1 in the grand final.
PNKA collected the Governor’s Cup and the K1,500 prize money while Lele Madi Pubi Chepue settled for trophy and K1,000.