Central United FC, the club which made its Papua New Guinea National Soccer League debut in the 2019 edition, formally announced its late bid for the upcoming 2021 season today, along with a name change that will see it compete as Central Dabari FC.
A late bid to enter this season’s competition was submitted to the Papua New Guinea Football Association in the past few days and was initially accepted, subject to meeting certain conditions, but the club has now confirmed that they have fulfilled the conditions within the timeframe set out to them.
The side, who last competed in the Southern Conference of the 2019 season, are also undergoing formalities that will change the franchise name to Central Dabari FC.
Franchise general manager Kamo Kini said: “There’s a lot of talent in the province and with the support provided by the Central Provincial Government, this should provide many of our young men an opportunity to participate at the highest level, and perhaps to further go on to represent Papua New Guinea at international level.”
Club president Maino Kwalimu and team manager Kalo Amona expressed their full appreciation to Central Provincial Government in extending its commitment towards the football club in its bid to enter the upcoming NSL season, with the kick off set for July 17.
Meanwhile, the football club is set to stage two trial matches, the first is scheduled for Saturday 19th June at Bisini Two Oval while the other is on the 26th of June. The names of players selected will be released through the media this week.
Central United’s debut campaign was somewhat mediocre, with the side finishing fifth out of eight teams in the 2019 Southern Conference.