For most of them, it was the first time to participate in any PNGFA-sanctioned tournament or for that matter, playing outside of their Warup soccer field — thanks to local woman Susan Watpore.
Watpore who recently attended a OFC C-License coaching course in Port Moresby is no stranger on the LFA Park in Lae.
She was a no-nonsense player in her days and is now a promising coach with the premier women’s team, Poro.
Many of the players in the remote Raikos had never been to Madang town and made good use of the opportunity to tour the provincial capital after each game they played.
Warup players would not have that opportunity without the support from Watpore. As a staunch soccer supporter, she dig deep in her own pocket to financially support the team so that the players and officials could take back the experience to Warup and develop the code in the district.
“I have worked with children from other centres and when PNGFA nominated Madang to host the tournament, I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to work with young people from my own area in Raikos,” Watpore said.
She knew her boys would not stand a chance of winning but was grateful for the experience they gained.