TELIKOM (PNG) Limited yesterday admitted that they are proud to be associated with the National Soccer League (NSL) following the recent success in winning the first final of O-League match against New Zealand’s Waitakere United FC 3-0 last Saturday.
Telikom (PNG) Limited chief executive officer Peter Loko made the comments yesterday when unveiling the new-look Telikom Cup on the eve of the 2009-10 NSL grand final.
He paid tribute and thanked players from neighbouring Solomon Islands and Fiji for helping Hekari United to win the match.
“We created history so far and everything from here on is a bonus. I thanked the Hekari management and players for taking us this far.
“I think two or three years ago, we sat in this room when Telikom first tied the knot with NSL and created something and we now reap the rewards by taking part in the O-League final,” he said.
He acknowledged PNG Football Association (PNGFA) president David Chung, who is also the senior vice-president of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and PNGFA vice-president and NSL chairman John Kapi Natto, for leading the drive in taking soccer to the next level.
“We are very happy to support NSL and bring soccer to next level. I was a happy man last Saturday though I did not attend the match,” he said.
He said full credit should go to the players and management of Hekari United for taking PNG that far.
PNG was now looking forward to another win after next weekend.
The unveiling of the Cup strengthens the relationship between the Telikom and the NSL, which governs the semi-professional football competition in PNG.
Loko said they were proud to unveil the new-look Cup, which has a kundu drum and a satellite disc on top with a ball placed comfortably on the satellite disc.