The boys from beautiful Madang scooped a double as the Niugini Tablebirds National Youth Football tournament for U-17 and U-20 men ended on a high note last Friday at National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.
The tournament was a success with police personals providing security to make sure the tournament run smoothly. Eighteen teams took part in the four day tournament which kicked of last Tuesday with all the teams participating went home smiling with lots to talk about. Every players displayed different styles of football skills and techniques that encourage more youths to play football.
The teams took part were from Manus, Madang, Port Moresby (NCD PSSA & PMSA), Markham, Lae (LFA & Lahi), Wau, Bulolo, Mumeng, Dragaffen and Goroka.
In the U-17 pool games had seven teams; Lahi, LFA, Wau, Bulolo, Madang, Mumeng and Goroka while in the U-20s had eleven teams; Lahi, Manus, PMSA, Markham, NCD PSSA, Madang, Wau, Dregaffen, Bulolo, LFA and host Goroka.
The finals watched by faithful soccer supporters cheering for their team saw the flying fox town won the U-17 boys tournament by defeating Lahi 3-1 and in the U20 they had to overcome a stiff challenge from the Port Moresby boys NCD PSSA
to defend the title once again by winning the Niugini Tablebirds Cup.
NCD PSSA come out winner in their pool winning two games, draw three and facing Madang in the final receive the runner up trophy and the fair play award to end the competition on a positive note.
PNGFA CEO Mr. Dimirit Mileng express gratitude to the Niugini Tablebirds for coming on board and making the tournament for both men and women a success. He said every player that participated went home smiling and feeling that they had achieved what they’ve come for. “I am satisfied to see the tournament come to a very successful end,” Mileng said.
Official sponsor Niugini Tablebirds Representative Mr Robert Karo who witnessed the tournament said they were proud to be sponsors and was happy of the outcome of the tournament and commended PNGFA and Goroka Football Association for staging a peaceful tournament which finished on a high note.
Goroka Football Association President Cathy Agunam said every player that took part in this youth tournament showed they had lots of potential and skills to improve to another level.