By JEFFREY ELAPA
MADANG’S Sigma 6B club won the inaugural Alphonse Magim Cup after defeating Imons 3-0 in the grand final at the Laiwaden Oval in Madang at the weekend.
The Sigma 6B are youths from LBC 26 and Biliau Mausrot while Imons are youths from Siar village, a few metres from town.
The tournament is named after Alphonse Magim, a long time referee from Madang, who called it quits after actively involving himself in refereeing for almost 45 years.
He started in 1967 when he was 18-years-old.
The tournament had attracted 24 teams both in the men’s and women’s divisions from Bogia, Asarumba Care Centre, Lae and Wewak to participate in the weeklong event.
Sigma 6B defended their territory restricting their opponents from scoring to walk away with the Cup while Imons settled for the runners-up prize.
In the women’s division, New Town defeated Momase 1-0 to be crowned the soccer queens of the tournament.
Lae’s Talair Compound women won the third prize after defeating Marlins of Madang.
Magim said he was proud to see a big change in the way the youths had performed during the tournament.
He said there were problems and complaints like in previous tournaments but the youths displayed professionalism and discipline throughout the event.
Meanwhile, Madang Fox assistant coach Bob Morris lauded the youths for displaying fair play and good sportsmanship during the week.
He said that Madang Soccer Association needed to organise more tournaments to ensure soccer remained alive in Madang.
However, Morris said he had identified three potential players who are likely to join the Madang Fox franchise side in the Telikom Cup National Soccer League (NSL) challenge.
He will be talking to the Madang Fox management before their names could be released.
Morris would be recalling the services of former player Eric Matawai into the squad after an outstanding performance during the tournament.