Reformulation needed for Hekari United to move forward

It has been one month since 2019-20 PNG National Soccer League finished. While most players are now focused on taking part of regional tournaments, National Soccer League’s franchises are still working for the next season. Although there is no proposed date for next season’s kick-off, it seems obvious that the reigning champions Lae City FCContinue reading “Reformulation needed for Hekari United to move forward”

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”

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 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”

Komara Claim Final Playoff Spot as Lae City Earn Minor Premiership

An exciting weekend of action saw underdogs Gulf Komara claim the final playoff spot in the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League this Saturday, while Lae City did enough against Vitiaz United to hold onto their expected Minor Premiership, despite as Raymond Gunemba hat-trick earning Hekari United a 3-0 win over Tusbab Stallions. Three teamsContinue reading “Komara Claim Final Playoff Spot as Lae City Earn Minor Premiership”

Judgement Day for Top Six in Papua New Guinea as NSL Reaches Final Day

The much-anticipated final gameweek of the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League is mere hours away, and the top six teams all still have plenty to play for before next week’s playoffs. With two sides still mathematically able to claim the title, two sides battling for the final OFC Champions League spot, and three sidesContinue reading “Judgement Day for Top Six in Papua New Guinea as NSL Reaches Final Day”

Nathan James back to training with Hekari United

Hekari United’s squad is strengthened for the last matchweek of 2019-20 PNG National Soccer League’s regular season as Nathan James is back to training with the team after missing some weeks due to personal reasons. The 25-year-old midfielder had to travel home to attend his grandmother’s funeral earlier this month. James made his first trainingContinue reading “Nathan James back to training with Hekari United”