THE Morobe Football Association (MFA) recently witnessed its historical 2017 pre-season ender on Easter Monday.
This is from the LFA clubs that wanted to remain loyal with the PNGFA, and were shown the door at the LFA club house Congress meeting.
The four clubs walked out when the LFA executives announced without Congress endorsement that the LFA was now part of FFPNG.
With the four clubs that walked out, the interest is now overwhelming with other LFA clubs and new clubs coming in from around Lae, Huon Gulf, Bulolo and the Lahi FA have now added up to 38 clubs.
This includes seven women clubs.
They make up the MFA headed by interim president Peter Seske.
Seske secured a partner sponsorship with IFC Besta in no time sealing a deal of K50,000 per season.
This was timely as the MFA was in with a disadvantage without football facilities and much need funding for administration work plus ensuring its inaugural pre-season Grand Final ended on a high note.
Special invited guests included PNGFA acting president John Wesley Gonjuan and PNG Kapuls head coach Flemming Serritslev.
The PNGFA took the opportunity to send a message out that any other form of soccer competition outside the realm of the PNGFA is deemed not recognised by the PNGFA, the OFC and FIFA.
Footballers were told to be mindful of who they are attached to as the PNG Games and other national representative duties selection were coming from PNGFA recognised competitions.
As for the national coach, he was there to see for himself what the MFA had to offer in terms of future representative player as the MFA is an association promoting football for raw talents.
International Food Corporation IFC national marketing manager Roslan Wahed was pleased to be involved with the MFA as they will always continue to support soccer in PNG with their Besta brand name.
He said IFC with Besta brands various tinned fish had been involved with PNGFA since 2007 and had continued since and are pleased to see where PNG soccer has risen to the level internationally.
Plus the rise in the levels for both the women and the men in FIFA rankings, is rewarding news for the Besta program. As they played a major role in a majority of the current crop on national players.
Wahed said IFC through its Besta brands is again pleased to be partner of MFA in the sponsorship of K50,000 which begins this month with many seasons to come.
He said although IFC was a Malaysian company they are happy when the PNG Kapuls beat Malaysia in Port Moresby last year, because footballers in PNG eat plenty Besta tin fish, he said jokingly.
Besta will continue to support soccer so long as sponsorship funds are put to good use to develop soccer, Wahed added.
The pre-season Grand Final in the men’s was won by Lae Biscuit Poro who collected K4000 and a trophy for their efforts. Second place went to Bugandi Secondary who collected K3,000 and the runners-up trophy. Maps Centers collected K2000 for 3rd place and Bumayong United K1000 for fourth.
The women’s category was won by Wantoks SP. They received K3000 in prize-money plus a trophy. Runners-up Silimin collected K2000 for second, Lae Biscuit Poro K1000 for third and Eriku Wawens K500 for fourth.