Women’s league kicks off


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 5Bara 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.



  • It is good that WNSL has been given the go-ahead. Our women have done really well on Oceania region for many years now. As we all know they have won the gold medal in the Pacific Games since women’s football was introduced therefore if is only right that women’s game is given all the support it deserves. Thank you John Kapi-Natto and your team for giving our women and girls the support to get the season up and running.

  • Goroka Pacific Gardens? Under what Association does it come under? They do not have the endorsement and approval from the Executives of the Goroka Football Association. This a breakaway group or still the rebellious group from the previous PNGFFA. The Country longer have that mentality any more. Its PNGFA now and the Executives should not entertain and allow such clubs whose Executives the GFA does not recognize their statues and maybe that also goes for other clubs taking part now in the Women’s NSL who we the Provincial Soccer Associations Executives do not recognize them at all. GFA will not allow this players and officials participate in the Local League clubs competitions under its association in 2021 and onwards.

  • @Paul Bare. Come on, try applaud someone who is trying their best to showcase some of the raw talents we have in EHP. What have you done with soccer in Goroka? This code is dead because of people like you who don’t have any room for growth and development of this code. Please for once, try support and encourage soccer in the province then to politicize and threatened this code in your favor. Inap nau lo politic!

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