Lower Sogeri is located on the outskirts of Port Moresby city, a 52.6 kilometre drive out from the city.
Last weekend PNG Football Association Technical Director Taku Niebo paid a visit to them to see the progress of their competition. Upon arrival he watch few games and presented two match balls to their president Leo Iko to help them in their competition.
Lower Sogeri started its competition in March with 14 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams
coming as far as Goldie and Rauna. With the competition now into round two, Iko said he expects the final to be played in September.
President Iko said for him he really wants to build a future for his players, playing in their own local competition and one day got recognised to play in the higher competitions.
Lower Sogeri soccer competition is one of the most violent and trouble ridden competitions especially dealing with supporters and spectators. It has a mixed population, with large numbers of unemployed young people.
“Alcohol and drug abuse (marijuana is cheap, easily grown or bought and is also a lucrative income earner for many) are rife but since taking over the office, beginning this year with my executives we worked so hard to carry awareness and develop the game in the association which has now seen the players skill level really improved,” said Iko.