The tournament was initially scheduled to be staged by Nawone Soccer Association in Kiunga from August 20-24 but had been moved to Port Moresby due to the low water levels of the Fly River which will hinder the movement of teams to that part of the country, while the dry weather is already having an impact on the communities in Kiunga, Western province.
Kiunga’s Nawone Soccer Association president Tony Wunum said he accepts the decision by the PNG Football Association to reschedule the Southern leg of the Besta Cup to Port Moresby next month.
Wunum said as it was going to be the first regional sporting event to take place in Kiunga and the people were looking forward to it but Mother Nature would not permit the staging of the sporting event and they humbly accepted the national association’s decision.
However he said Western would still send five teams to the championship. The teams coming to Port Moresby are Nawone, Tabubil, Balimo, Mapkomnai and Rumginai.
Chairman Southern Region Simon Koima said he sincerely convey his apology to the executives of Nawone and other members including players, management and supporters for the cancellation.
However he said the national body has given Kiunga the right to host next year’s Southern leg of the Besta Cup.