The National, Thursday November 26th, 2015
By HENRY MORABANG
THE pride of Morobe soccer, Morobe United, has borne the yellow and green flag for the last 12 years but under different franchise owners.
Other teams from Morobe – Bulolo and Tukoko Unitech — spent only a single season in the semi-professional National Soccer League and vanished but Morobe United was still active.
Under their new sponsor, Welgris Fuel Distributors, the club’s management is keen on going one step better this season against all odds.
The emergence of newcomer Lae City Dwellers into the competition and winning the NSL title in their maiden year poses a welcome challenge for Morobe United.
The reigning champions should not expect any more free rides as they will meet their match in the Welgris Fuel Distributors-sponsored outfit.
Club secretary Michael Earley believes his charges can go all the way to the finals.
Earley said from Lae yesterday that they wanted to make it to the grand final and hopefully have cross-over matches with teams from the Southern Conference.
Earley has confidence in his team making the finals.
“A very welcome match-up would be meeting our sister club Lae City Dwellers in the final,” he said.
Though this weekend’s challenge against Lae City Dwellers is billed a sneak preview for what was in store for Northern Conference supporters come final time, Earley believes it would ignite the club’s motivation to face the champions.
Earley is banking on coach Jack “Speedy” Jonathan and players like captain Eliuda Fugre, Michael Keith and last weekend’s goal-scorer Emmanuel Yawi and goalkeeper Vagi Koniel to lead the men.