Two-way race for PMSA post

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The National – Friday, June 24, 2011

IT will be a two-way battle for hottest seat in Port Moresby soccer when all affiliated clubs sit for the annual general meeting on Sunday at the Lamana Hotel conference room in Port Moresby.
Port Moresby Soccer Association acting general secretary John Mogi yesterday confirmed that two candidates were nominated for the president’s post –  Russel Tsuga and Rosen Matanga.
It is understood that Tsuga was nominated by his own club Mungkas Football while Matanga, a former University player and current Momase coach was sponsored by his own club.
Mogi is urging clubs to treat the AGM as priority for soccer in Port Moresby.
He said both candidates were equally capable of carrying their own activities, but most importantly, there was a need for continuity in soccer.
Mogi said Matanga had done his bit to ensure Momase FC and the youths of Port Moresby, especially those in the Gerehu suburb, enjoyed their sport.
Matanga, who served his apprentice with Morobe United FC before advancing to play for University FC in the Port Moresby soccer competition, is no-nonsense player, and has been the backbone of Momase FC and other clubs coming out of Gerehu suburb.
His rival, Tsuga is self-employed and a successful businessman.
The Bougainvillean is vying for the top post for various reasons:
* He has set inroads with PNG Football Association to ensure PMSA is back with the football family;
* PMSA has allowed NCD schools soccer to be part of PMSA by using its facilities at Bisini soccer grounds;
* PMSA allows school soccer players in the competition as a pathway to have them take part in the competition (from U15 schoolboys to U17 youth in PMSA competition;
* To ensure PMSA is back with the football family, after making a break through in talking to PNGFA executives despite the PNGFA general secretary Dimirit Mileng’s denial of such a meeting; and 
* Talking to NCD-PNG Sports Foundation to get back part of its land at the stadium or otherwise, compensate PMSA for the use of piece of the land.
Mogi strongly believes that both candidates were capable of taking soccer to the next level.