No National Soccer League football will be played this Wednesday (18th Jan) in Papua New Guinea. The semifinals stage are postponed and they are expected to be played next Saturday (21th Jan) in different venues than announced before by the PNG Football Association and stated by Oceania Football Center.
According to sources inside the governing body, the matches were rescheduled to cut expenses; as before stated by PNGFA in social media the both semifinal matches would take place in Port Moresby at PNG Football Stadium.
Now, in order to cut expenses, the matches will take place in two venues – one in Lae and another in Port Moresby. As two teams based in Lae (Lae Natives and Lae City) were draw in one of the semifinal matches, both sides will play in Lae. The same happened in the other semifinal – two Port Moresby (Gulf Komara and Hekari United) teams were draw and then they will play this decisive match in the capital city.
This is not the first time the governing body of football in Papua New Guinea postpones the decisive matches of the National Soccer League. The quarterfinals were twice postponed last year, forcing the decisive games of the national league to played in 2023 – meaning the 2022 edition of the most important football competition of the country will finish in the following year.