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East Sepik Province to grow futsal

The three coaches, Clarence Hukahu (Futsal co-ordinator East Sepik), Gordon Tourevu (Nuigo Futsal Association) and Derek Maira (East Sepik coaching director) have been invited by the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) to upgrade themselves.

Hukahu said futsal was introduced in Wewak in 1996, where they trailed the short version of the game to the primary school level.

“The aim was to at least introduce a sport that needed the students to think quickly with a small number of team mates.”

School aged students were being easily distracted by social issues and discipline and futsal has played a big part in fighting our cause,” he added.

He further said the program proved to be a success over the years and led to the improvement of their provincial teams at the PNG Games level and their U15 team won a fair play award in Madang.

He said by 2009 they were moving into association level and now has up to seven within Wewak Urban and Rural on the outskirts of the town.

Hukahu said the drive to select a National Soccer League (NSL) franchise also stemmed from there, but it may have been too premature and they now see the future generation coming through the program will benefit the most success.

The trio said they have learnt so much from Schmeling during the week and looking forward to add further dimension to an already flourishing program in the province.

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