PNG National Soccer League set to kick off Round 2

Later today, the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League will kick-off the second half of its season with five fixtures in Lae and Port Moresby, following a dramatic and controversial transfer window which saw five-time championship-winning coach Peter Gunemba sacked from Lae City FC, and plenty of player movement across the country. How many newContinue reading “PNG National Soccer League set to kick off Round 2”

All change at Lae City: why did it happen, and what happens next?

This morning, sensational news broke that five-time domestic title-winning coach of Lae City, Peter Gunemba, was sacked by franchise owner and sponsor Ian Chow. Immediately, several questions sprang to mind: Why did this happen? Which players will stay and which will go? And how will this affect the landscape of football in Papua New GuineaContinue reading “All change at Lae City: why did it happen, and what happens next?”

Reliance on ageing stars and foreign gamble main culprits of Lae’s OFC elimination

Just like domestic rivals Hekari United, Lae City blew a huge chance to qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2020 OFC Champions League in Vanuatu in February, after a win, a draw and a defeat were not enough to see the side progress from Group B. The side, coached by Peter Gunemba, were unable toContinue reading “Reliance on ageing stars and foreign gamble main culprits of Lae’s OFC elimination”

Gregory Togubai becomes third Hekari signing of the window

21-year-old midfielder Gregory Togubai has become the third signing for Hekari United in this week’s Papua New Guinea National Soccer League transfer window, joining Carlos Onne and Wira Wama as new recruits to the club. The young midfielder, who has been described as the next David Muta, joins from FC Bougainville, where he has scoredContinue reading “Gregory Togubai becomes third Hekari signing of the window”

Wira Wama returns to Hekari United; Carlos Onne signs from Gulf Komara

Papua New Guinea international Wira Wama has returned to Hekari United for the second half of the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League, according to sources close to the player. The 30-year-old, who has five senior caps for his country, has returned from studies in the United States, and was quickly snapped up by theContinue reading “Wira Wama returns to Hekari United; Carlos Onne signs from Gulf Komara”

Vitiaz capitalise on Hekari-Lae stalemate as Round 1 of NSL comes to a close

On the weekend in which the most anticipated clash of the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League season between eight-time champions Hekari United and five-time reigning champions Lae City took place, the real winners of the weekend were third-placed Vitiaz United, who closed the gap on the top two with a win against Morobe WawensContinue reading “Vitiaz capitalise on Hekari-Lae stalemate as Round 1 of NSL comes to a close”

CONFIRMED: Gunemba and Bika suspensions successfully overturned

Shortly before this weekend’s matches in the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League, we reported that Raymond Gunemba was handed a five-match suspension for his behaviour at the end of Lae City’s 2-1 defeat against Vitiaz United earlier in the season. The suspensions meant that he, alongside teammate Obert Bika, who was also involved inContinue reading “CONFIRMED: Gunemba and Bika suspensions successfully overturned”

Lae and Hekari set for classic clash in Papua New Guinea NSL

The top two sides in the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League will go head-to-head in Lae this weekend in one of the most anticipated matches of the season so far. Lae City will be without talismanic striker Raymond Gunemba after it was confirmed he received a five-match ban for pushing a referee after theContinue reading “Lae and Hekari set for classic clash in Papua New Guinea NSL”

Raymond Gunemba suspended for five matches following referee push

After Lae City’s Raymond Gunemba wasn’t in the starting eleven for the side’s 8-1 victory over FC Kutubu last weekend, Oceania Football Center has learned that Gunemba was suspended for the match, and for a further four National Soccer League matches, after he pushed the referee at the end of Lae’s 2-1 defeat to VitiazContinue reading “Raymond Gunemba suspended for five matches following referee push”

PNGFA to reboot Conference Competition, Women’s NSL to start imminently

The Papua New Guinea Football Association will attempt to relaunch the unsuccessful Conference Competition in September this year, according to a new plan put forward by NSL Competition Manager Dimirit Mileng. The plan also suggests that the 2020 Women’s National Soccer League will be starting imminently, while local competitions will take place from March toContinue reading “PNGFA to reboot Conference Competition, Women’s NSL to start imminently”