In a NSL managers meeting last Thursday, it was announced that the NSL was ready for a bumper season with the focus on getting the country’s representative players involved with respective franchises and ready for national duty at the 2015 Pacific Games in July.
The teams that are confirmed for the 2015 season are reigning premiers Hekari United FC, Oro FC, Admiralty FC and FC Port Moresby all Port Moresby based while Lae City Dwellers FC and PNG Besta United FC two Lae based and the only Madang based is Madang FC.
Hekari are favoured to pick up their ninth title but can expect some competition from FC Port Moresby, Admiralty and Lae City Dwellers FC.
FC Port Moresby, under the guidance of Reginald Davani, have managed to retain the squad that played Hekari in 2012/2013 season and Lae City Dwellers have the cream of Morobe’s soccer talent after acquiring most of its players from Morobe United FC who are no longer part of the competition.
Darkhorses Madang will feature Team Madang’s PNG Games squad. Madang were the standout performers at the sixth PNG Games, winning the gold medal.
NSL expected this season to be more competitive with Hekari no guarantee to dominate as usual with strong challenges likely to come from Madang, FC Port Moresby and Lae City Dwellers.
The underrated Admiralty is no slouches, with the Manus team expected to offer plenty of resistance to the Hekari, Port Moresby and Lae franchises.