Strikers want to make strong push for NSL premiership


PORT Moresby Strikers have set their sights on becoming genuine title contenders following their return to the National Soccer League (NSL) this season.
Initially named Southern Strikers, the club was part of the 2018 and 2019 NSL seasons, but they did not participate last season due to financial restrictions.
Head coach Philemon Tamari said their return had presented them with a second chance at helping lift the standard of the game.
“We have a good side this year, we’re mostly a young team,” he said.
“But our immediate focus now is to get through the first round of matches, become competitive in the second round and reach the top four.
“It’s always good to have senior players in the team to help the younger ones lift their game at the semi-professional level.”
Tamari welcomed the signing of national representative forward Patrick Aisa and goalkeeper Ishmael Pole along with the return of founding player Pettyshen Elizah with the trio expected to boost the Strikers’ campaign this season.
“So on record, we have Pole and Aisa,” he said. “Elizah is a founding player for the Strikers, so it’s a bonus to have him back.
“Their inclusion will help players in how they carry themselves on and off the field.
“Most of our guys like siblings Gregory and Riggie Togubai were part of this club through our academy programme, so we are happy that they are back.”