The Port Moresby Soccer Association (PMSA) and Manus Soccer Association (MSA) last week were ratified by the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) to return as member associations during its 13th bi-annual congress staged at the Ela Beach Hotel in Port Moresby.
PMSA president John Wesley Gonjuan and MSA president Jack Nawichangau were both happy that the congress has officially given them the reprieve to return to the soccer family again.
Both associations were suspended since 2008. Last year they had their suspension provisionally lifted and are now back on track to participate in PNGFA sanctioned programs.
Both said that it has been a long hard road back and are looking forward to working together with the PNGFA and its objectives to develop the game.
Gonjuan said with the Pacific Games just around the corner, and as they are the host association, they are ready to support the national body in any way possible to ensure that all aspects are covered to make it a successful event.
Nawichangau said the return to the soccer family is timely as their men’s team has been a bit of a success story this year and are looking forward to more and better opportunities under the PNGFA flagship once again.
PNGFA CEO Dimirit Mileng confirms that Manus and Port Moresby now make the PNGFA member associations to 18.