Soccer league in limbo, match venue not secured

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The National, Friday 12th April, 2013

 TELIKOM National Soccer League matches in Port Moresby are in limbo as the competition board and management look for alternate venues.

NSL development manager, Chris Brown confirmed yesterday they were looking for alternate venues as the Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation, the owner of the Sir John Guise Stadium, have shut it down for renovations for the 2015 Pacific Games.

Brown said they were negotiating with the Port Moresby Soccer Association for the use of the Bisini soccer ground but nothing had been confirmed. 

Apart from that they are still looking for alternate venues.

Port Moresby Soccer Association interim president John Wesley Gonjuan confirmed the NSL wrote to them asking to use Binisi to host their match starting tomorrow.

In an executive meeting on Tuesday, the full PMSA executive approved their request, however, there were some administrative issue such as hire fees and gate-takings that needed to be finalised.

The matches in Port Moresby will be between Eastern Stars and Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC.

Both teams need a win to stay in contention with the competition leaders Hekari United, Besta PNG United and FC Port Moresby.

In Lae, Besta PNG United will be up against a fired-up FC Port Moresby, while in Kimbe, WNB Tavur will host the visiting highlanders, Welgris FC.

The NC Oro FC and Hekari matches have been deferred because of Hekari’s OFC Champions League commitment this weekend in Fiji. 

Hekari will play BA FA tomorrow.