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”

Lae City: the good job of Bob Morris

Since Lae City’s historical head coach Peter Gunemba departed from the team this year, many questions were raised by the fans as how would be the future of the current national league champions in Papua New Guinea. Alongside the head coach important players such as Raymond Gunemba, Nigel Dabinyaba and Mosie Milubwa departed from theContinue reading “Lae City: the good job of Bob Morris”

Referee shows lack of knowledge of football rules in Lae City-Wawens clash

The fifteenth matchweek of 2019-20 Papua New Guinea National Soccer League was full of controversies and one of the biggest polemics took place in the clash between Lae City FC and Morobe Wawens at Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae. Lae City were ahead by 1-0 when the referee awarded a penalty to them. EmmanuelContinue reading “Referee shows lack of knowledge of football rules in Lae City-Wawens clash”

PNG National Soccer League: polemics marked the weekend as top three continue good form

Football was not in the limelight in Papua New Guinea’s premier footballing division this weekend. Despite an important round, the results and player performance took a back seat because of a series of refereeing errors in the PNG National Soccer League on the fifteen weekend of football. In the first game of the weekend, theContinue reading “PNG National Soccer League: polemics marked the weekend as top three continue good form”

Hekari Face Must-Win Clash Against Komara as PNG NSL Heads into Crunch Time

Third-placed Hekari United are facing a must-win clash against fourth-placed Gulf Komara this weekend as they cling to the hope that they may still finish in the top two of this year’s Papua New Guinea National Soccer League. The most decorated side in Papua New Guinea football history sits three points behind newcomers Vitiaz UnitedContinue reading “Hekari Face Must-Win Clash Against Komara as PNG NSL Heads into Crunch Time”