The National – Wednesday, December 22, 2010
By HENRY MORABANG
WOMEN’s football players will have the chance to excel into semi-professional competition like their male counterparts when the Women National Soccer League commences in the New Year.
The chairman of NSL John Kapi Natto and interim coordinator Simon Koima yesterday explained that the women’s NSL was on trial basis.
Both said that there had been great interest amongst the women as they did not want to just watch their men playing.
Despite PNG women being the current Pacific champions, they did not have regular competitive football competition as their male counterparts.
With this competition, the women would play along their male counterparts.
Koima is calling for expressions of interest from women franchises in Port Moresby and Lae.
He clarified that Port Moresby would have five teams like those in Lae.
The winners of the two competitions would meet in the home-and-away series to be crowned as the Women NSL 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 or call 341 3722 or 7681 2697.
Koima said the deadline for nomination was Jan 15 while the competition would kick off on Feb 5.
Both Kapi Natto and Koima have appealed to corporate bodies to support the women’s football in the country by sponsoring the tournament.
The competition also create pathway for women football players who might one day have the opportunity to secure football contract overseas.
The competition will also open up opportunity for women to take up refereeing and coaching career as well.
Those wishing to take part in Lae can contact Peter Gunemba on 7237 9389 or contact the NSL office in Port Moresby.