The National – Wednesday, December 29, 2010
By HENRY MORABANG
SIX women’s franchises have expressed interest in fielding teams in the Womens National Soccer League (WNSL) competition next year.
WNSL coordinator Simon Koima said four teams Hekari, University, EPC, Murik United and Rapatona have shown interest in putting up a team in the inaugural WNSL season.
Hekari team manageress Vonnie Kapi-Natto said her club would put a women’s team for next year competition.
“All the women who join Hekari would expect to lift their performance in discipline, training and they have to give full commitment to their club during the WNSL season,” she said before departing for a break in the Solomon Islands.
Hekari will be drawing players from its amateur clubs PRK Wantok in the NCD Public Servants competition plus inclusion of schoolgirls from the schools competition in Port Moresby.
Other teams have shown interest were University who would be well guided by Robert Popat.
Eastern Papua Carnival under acting president Bede Tomokita and Stalin Jawa to take on the Murik United team.
It is unknown yet whether Rapatona would field a side or not.
Attempts to contact Diane Tasion were unsuccessful.
And in Lae, two teams Bara and PNG Power have shown their interest in taking part.
Koima is appealing to schools, colleges and university in the Morobe capital to put their hands up to be part of the exciting womens football competition.
He said Port Moresby and Lae would be seperate pools with the winners of the two competitions would meet in a home-and-away series with the winner declared WNSL champions.
The nomination fee for the WNSL is K1,000 while the affiliation is K5,000.
The expression form can be picked up at NSL office at Maxpro Security office and for enquiries call 3413722 or 76812697.
Koima said the deadline for nomination is Jan15 with the competition to begin on Feb 5.
Both Kapi Natto and Koima appealed to corporate sponsors to support womens football in the country by sponsoring the tournament.
The competition would also creates a pathway for talented female players who could one day have the opportunity to secure football contracts overseas.