It was agreed in a PNG NSL board meeting recently the restart of the national league as scheduled previously – as reported here. Although, the State of Emergency control board did not respond in time for the recommence of the league and PNG National Soccer League is now pending approval and a new schedule was decided: 8th August.
“We have put together a submission to the SOE Controller and are waiting for his approval to start next weekend,” said Dimirit Mileng, NSL Manager.
“Social distancing has to be maintained at the match venue as security officials will be present to enforce the same therefore everyone involved in the game are advised to take heed of the advice provided,” also stated Mileng. It is confirmed that, despite the schedule change, no crowds will be allowed in the matches of the national league – “The game will now be resumed next weekend, with all matches played behind closed door without spectators,” as informed PNGFA Media. Despite the affirmations from PNGFA, it is know SOE needs to approve the return of the matches – something that is very likely to be on 8th August.