PNG Transfer Window to open for a week on Sunday

The window for players to move clubs in this season’s Papua New Guinea National Soccer League will open after the final match of the first round of fixtures on Saturday, before slamming shut just five days later before the second round kicks-off. During this time, any players who have already arrived at their clubs onContinue reading “PNG Transfer Window to open for a week on Sunday”

Vitiaz hold Hekari as Lae smash Kutubu on OFC return

A valiant performance from competition debutants Vitiaz United saw them hold eight-time champions Hekari United to a goalless draw in Port Moresby yesterday afternoon, a result which saw Vitiaz continue their impressive debut campaign. In the early kick-off, however, Lae City had no problem dispatching Highlands-based side FC Kutubu, hitting eight goals in the biggestContinue reading “Vitiaz hold Hekari as Lae smash Kutubu on OFC return”

Alwin Komolong heads to Ba for OFC Champions League

Contrary to reports from around a month ago, Alwin Komolong will be plying his trade for Fijian side Ba in the OFC Champions League in a couple of weeks, throwing into doubt his availability for Lae City for the remainder of the 2019/20 Papua New Guinea National Soccer League season. We previously reported that bothContinue reading “Alwin Komolong heads to Ba for OFC Champions League”

Analysis: Double PNG OFC elimination demonstrates need for stable NSL

Both representatives of Papua New Guinea, Lae City and Hekari United, were eliminated at the Group Stage of the 2020 OFC Champions League after a win, a draw and a defeat wasn’t enough for either side to finish in the top two of their group. The early eliminations indicate something systematically wrong with football inContinue reading “Analysis: Double PNG OFC elimination demonstrates need for stable NSL”

Valiant Hekari eliminated despite impressive win over Galaxy

Hekari United of Papua New Guinea secured their first win of the competition earlier today, defeating the thus far impressive Galaxy FC 2-1. However, due to Eastern Suburbs victory against reigning champions Hienghène Sport in the early kick-off, this was not enough to see them progress to the knockout stages. Hekari will see their failureContinue reading “Valiant Hekari eliminated despite impressive win over Galaxy”

Malampa coast past nine-men Lae into the knockout stages after Batick hat-trick

Vanuatu’s Malampa Revivors demonstrated sleekness and professionalism as they ran out 3-0 victors over Papua New Guinea’s Lae City FC in the final group match in Group B of the OFC Champions League earlier today. The result means Malampa Revivors qualify for the knockout stages as group winners, while Lae City are eliminated. With LaeContinue reading “Malampa coast past nine-men Lae into the knockout stages after Batick hat-trick”

Lae and hosts Malampa gear up for Judgement Day

Group leaders Lae City and group hosts Malampa Revivors will take each other on in crucial Group B clash, with everything on the line for both sides. After Lae’s astonishing 7-0 victory over Lautoka in the second group match, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Papua New Guinea side’s work is already done:Continue reading “Lae and hosts Malampa gear up for Judgement Day”

Hekari absentees expose lack of depth as Hienghène title defence on the brink

On Wednesday afternoon, Hekari United and Hienghène Sport played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in Port Moresby in Group A of the OFC Champions League, a result which doesn’t really help either side but does keep both in slight contention to qualify for the knockout stages this coming Saturday. But neither side will be particularlyContinue reading “Hekari absentees expose lack of depth as Hienghène title defence on the brink”

Lae City shake-up works wonders against lacklustre Lautoka

They say the best teams take constructive criticism and use it to their advantage. Lae City certainly listened to their critics, making five changes to the team that drew 3-3 with Henderson Eels at the weekend, and being immediately rewarded with a handsome first-half performance against Fiji’s Lautoka which eventuated in a 7-0 thrashing ofContinue reading “Lae City shake-up works wonders against lacklustre Lautoka”

Suburbs good but not great against tactically questionable Hekari

In what has been almost universally agreed to have been the best match of the 2020 OFC Champions League so far, New Zealand’s debutants Eastern Suburbs defeated former champions Hekari United 2-1 at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, in a match which saw positives and negatives, as well asContinue reading “Suburbs good but not great against tactically questionable Hekari”