One of the good surprises of the season in Papua New Guinea’s top league, the Madang-based Tusbab Stallions, are slowly returning to normality after the forced suspension of competition in the country due to COVID-19 concerns. After much speculation, the national league is expected to return to action this July, giving clubs a month to prepare for the season’s remaining matches.
The team, led by coach Rachel Wadunah, expects to continue their good run – they are currently ranked 4th in the PNG National Soccer League standings. According to the team’s management, no new players will be added to the squad for the remaining matches of the season, and the players were already called back for training in the last week.
Although they have lost good central defender Nigel Malagian to FC Lae City, the Stallions can count on players such as Stahl Gubag, the young striker who is currently the season’s top scorer, and Ricky Wadunah in midfield, a highly-rated youth player who already represented Papua New Guinea at youth level.
PNG National Soccer League set to resume in July;
Nigel Malagian: representing the Kapuls has always been my dream;
Tommy Semmy: all I want is the season to get started.
According to the team’s management, the club expects to arrange a friendly match with Lae City to prepare the team for league games that are about to restart for the only Madang-based side in the 2019/20 PNG National Soccer League season.