Good news for football fans in Papua New Guinea as supporters are set to be allowed back to stadiums to watch the remaining PNG National Soccer League matches. Oceania Football Center had access to the response of David Manning, controller of National Pandemic Response, to Micah James, acting execute director of Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation regarding the situation. You can see the full letter by cliking here.
“l am satisfied with the protocols to allow for paying spectators into outdoor sporting venues. This includes rugby (Union and League), cricket, soccer and softbal“, said Manning in the letter – “You are hereby approved to allow paying spectators into the outdoor sporting venues as per the match day protocols“, completed Manning in responde to Mr. Micah James.
Despite the allowance, Manning reminded the importance to follow the guidelines in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19: “My approval is conditional upon the strict adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines that the NCC has distributed and the limit on spectators that I have previously approved […]”.
It is highly expected the fans will be already allowed for the matches played this weekend in Port Moresby and Lae. Recently, the Hekari United’s key player Ishmael Pole posted in his social media “spectators allowed this weekend; come relax and support your team“, although there still no confirmation from responsible entities if this weekend’s matches crowd will be allowed in PNG Football Stadium and Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium.