THE much-anticipated Women’s National Soccer League will kick off tomorrow with four matches at Lae’s Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium and three fixtures at Port Moresby’s Papua New Guinea Football Stadium.
In Lae’s opening match, hosts Bara face Madang’s Tusbab Laidamon (9am kick-off) before Rainy Lae meet former champions Poro (11am).
Goroka’s Pacific Gardens take on fellow rookies Morobe Tulip (1pm) and Sepik battle hosts Markham Raings in the main match at 3pm.
In the Southern Conference, NCD — under the guidance of Wira Wama — will be looking to get off to a winning start against coach Fredrica Siwin’s Port Moresby City (11am).
NCD are an unknown group who are made up of players from the National Capital District Public Servants Soccer Association and Laloki Football Association.
City will see big names like Roxanne Komeng come out of retirement to help the side achieve their dream.
In the second match of Port Moresby’s triple header, Koupa Soccer Association’s Amoana will face Hekari United who will be led by Papua New Guinea striker Marie Kaipu (1pm).
In the main game, Port Moresby Academy will take on coach Percy Mataio’s Genesis who will be led by skipper Yvonne Gabong and fellow PNG international and Miss PNG Lucy Maino (3pm).
Former Rapatona striker Mataio commended the PNG Football Association for reviving the league in a bid to promote gender equality and develop women’s football in the country.
“Women and girls will now strive to be equal participants in whatever activities they are talented in,” he said. “So as a club, that’s one of our key messages that we want deliver this season.
Mataio said it was about creating an equal playing field.
“We want to advocate that every girl and woman has equal rights,” he said.
Fixtures: Sat, Dec 5 — Bara v Tusbab Laidamon, Rainy Lae v Poro, Pacific Gardens v Morobe Tulips, Sepik v Markham, NCD v Port Moresby City, Amoana v Hekari United, Port Moresby Academy v Genesis.