LFA and Madang win titles

The boys from the flying fox township of Madang claimed the U-17 national title by defeating Lahi 2-0 in the grand final.

Lahi had two teams that make it through to the grand finals in their respective divisions but lost out claiming only the runners-up titles in both divisions.

The championships attracted teams from Kimbe, Bialla, Oro, Mt Hagen, Wewak, Middle Watut, Goroka, LFA, Lahi, Bulolo and host Wau. The championships saw the teams compete for the U-19 and U-17 boy’s divisions respectively.

The Middle Watut team from Bulolo made their debut appearance at the championships and will now be taking part in future championships.

The games which kicked off on Tuesday with the finals played on Friday saw Lae and Madang clinching the titles in U-19 and U-17 respectively.

Port Moresby Soccer Association (PMSA) the biggest soccer playing association in the country couldn’t send two boys teams to the championships in Wau due to financial commitments.

Wau Soccer Association President Shem Farock thanked all the associations for sending in their best teams to participate in the National Youth Championship and congratulated LFA and Madang for winning their respective titles.

“It was and exciting week of entertaining football which we have seen top soccer skills displayed during the championships in Wau,” he said.

The Wau soccer chief thanked the families in Wau for looking after all the teams and commended all the teams for participating in the championships.

LFA official Alex Toki thank all the LFA players for claiming the U-19 Tablebirds National Youth Championship title and said Lae is building up junior players for future senior championships and the victory solidified their development plans for the code in Lae.

LFA President Panu Shungai congratulated his U-19 boys for winning the national title and said soccer is developing at a fast pace in Lae and the industrial city is looking at claiming many more titles in the years ahead.

Kimbe is now bidding to host the U-19 and U1-7 National Youth Championships in the oil palm rich province next year.