A season to learn for Hekari United

One of the themes recently addressed among football fans in Papua New Guinea and across the Pacific, where the name Hekari United FC has left a mark, is how and why the biggest national champions and 2010 OFC Champions League champions were unable to play in this year’s Kumul Petroleum National Soccer League final afterContinue reading “A season to learn for Hekari United”

Nigel Malagian: I am totally focused on my rehabilitation

One of the most promising defenders from Papua New Guinea, Nigel Malagian went through some tough times this season after suffering a stroke in July. He was taken to the hospital after he fainted during his daily work-out training. Malagian joined Lae City FC in March after leaving Tusbab Stallions. Unfortunately, he did not haveContinue reading “Nigel Malagian: I am totally focused on my rehabilitation”

Yagi Yasasa: a new football star in Papua New Guinea

After a breathtaking final match, the 2019-20 PNG National Soccer League came to an end in Papua New Guinea. It was a very interesting season as Vitiaz United almost broke Lae City’s hegemony in the championship, while FC Bougainville, Gulf Komara and Tusbab Stallions starred an incredible fight for a spot in the semi-finals. ItContinue reading “Yagi Yasasa: a new football star in Papua New Guinea”

Resilience: Lae City knew how to deal with problems to win national title

It has been three days since Lae City have beaten Vitiaz United by 1-0 to clinch 2019-20 Papua New Guinea National Soccer League’s title, but fans continue to celebrate the national title – the sixth in a row. Although they lost only one game in the season, winning this title was not as easy asContinue reading “Resilience: Lae City knew how to deal with problems to win national title”

Lae City Claim Sixth Title After Professional and Polished Performance against Vitiaz

The excitement that led up to the 2019–20 Papua New Guinea National Soccer League Grand Final this Saturday, 10 October, did not lead to disappointment, as Lae City and Vitiaz United played out a thrilling, albeit low-scoring, Grand Final, with the experience of Lae City eventually overcoming the pluckiness of Vitiaz United in a high-qualityContinue reading “Lae City Claim Sixth Title After Professional and Polished Performance against Vitiaz”

Lae City win 2019-20 Papua New Guinea National Soccer League

The 2019-20 Papua New Guinea National Soccer League reached its end on this Saturday when Lae City and Vitiaz United clashed at PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby. Lae City confirmed their favouritism as they have beaten their opponents by 1-0. Obert Bika scored the winning goal in the 51st minute. Vitiaz’s goalkeeper Russell ChrisContinue reading “Lae City win 2019-20 Papua New Guinea National Soccer League”

Lae City and Vitiaz United Set For Grand Final Showdown

This weekend sees the culmination of the 2019–20 Papua New Guinea National Soccer League, a season that, thanks to the COVID-19 induced lockdown, has taken almost ten months to complete. It comes down to the Grand Final between five-time champions Lae City and newcomers Vitiaz United. Before that, the third-place playoff will take place betweenContinue reading “Lae City and Vitiaz United Set For Grand Final Showdown”

Vitiaz Stun Hekari on Penalties While Lae Edge Past Valiant Gulf Komara

The semi-finals of the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League were matches of exceptionally high quality and drama, proving that once these four sides step up their game when it really matters, they are capable of producing hugely entertaining and high-quality football. It was a dramatic weekend with red cards, late goals, plucky underdogs, andContinue reading “Vitiaz Stun Hekari on Penalties While Lae Edge Past Valiant Gulf Komara”

Hekari and Lae City qualified for 2021 OFC Champions League

Hekari United and Lae City are qualified for 2021 OFC Champions League. The biggest teams from Papua New Guinea booked their spot in the continental tournament after finishing 2019-20 PNG National Soccer League’s regular season in the top two positions. Despite the qualification, both teams still have a lot to do in the season asContinue reading “Hekari and Lae City qualified for 2021 OFC Champions League”

NSL Playoff Preview: Crunch Time for Top PNG Clubs as Season Heads to Playoffs

This weekend will see the 2019–20 Papua New Guinea National Soccer League head into its annual playoffs, where, following two semi-finals and a Grand Final, the winner of the NSL season will be crowned. But who will take the glory? Five-time reigning champions Lae City? Eight-time champions Hekari United? Solid newcomers Vitiaz United? Or pluckyContinue reading “NSL Playoff Preview: Crunch Time for Top PNG Clubs as Season Heads to Playoffs”