IFC marketing manager Roslan Wahid last Friday officially launched the grand final showdown to be staged in Lae from October 2 to 4 following the competition of the regional championships.
Into it’s fourth year in running, the championships will be known after the first weekend following the launching of the finals play-off.
IFC CEO, Rosedean Zaily Dzulkfli reaffirmed IFC’s commitment to the partnership adding that the company would like to see the competition called the Grassroots soccer since supporting it in 2011.
Dzulkfli highlighted that the competition has promoted soccer at the grassroots level arousing interests from all four regions of the country and Besta stands by in realizing the outcome.
“This event has slowly built up momentum from the year it started (2011) and the number of teams participating has further increased,” said Dzulkfli.
PNGFA General Secretary, Dimirit Mileng added that this year has seen the increase of two teams each from the Southern and Momase regions whilst the NGI and Highlands have one team only in the men’s finals contention.
“For the women it’s still four teams. We are considerate that the level of football does not falter as the number of teams in the finals increase,” said Mileng.
Dzulkfli concluded that the company is satisfied to have associated with soccer in PNG at that level to promote unity, team work and encourages discipline among players and also exert the same practice to those outside the field.
During the launching the official draw cards were picked out with the women a straight forward do or die clash with the top two winners to progress straight to the grand final.
As drawn, Kimbe plays Kainantu and Madang meets defending champion PMSA in the women’s opener. Unfortunately Lae was defeated by Madang this year to represent the Momase region for the 2014 women title contention.
Mileng said after completion of the regional qualifiers in the four regions of the country, competing for the women title is Kimbe, Kainantu, Port Moresby Soccer Association (PMSA) and Madang representing the New Guinea Islands, Highlands, Southern and Momase region respectively.
Mileng said the men’s title sees defending champion PMSA and Higaturu representing the Southern, Madang and Lae to represent Momase, Manus playing for the NGI and Goroka representing the Highlands region.
As drawn the men’s team will be put into two pools with top two teams from each pool will progress to the semi-finals after the knock-out stages.
Fixtures/Pool: Women’s – Kimbe vs Kainantu and Madang vs PMSA; Men’s Pool 1 – Madang, Lae, Goroka; Mens Pool 2 – Higaturu, PMSA, Manus.