Madang Soccer Association has finally crown the Besta FA Cup champion and walked away K20, 000 richer in the men’s division of the Besta FA Cup challenge.
It was a tough challenge for Madang who fought through before advancing into the grand final against a much fancied PMSA side. They beat PMSA 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out.
Madang skipper and PNG international Max Sengum could not hold back the joy after the presentation of awards at the PNGFA Academy in Lae, Morobe Province on Saturday.
“We have made it to the quarter-final and semis, but have never played in grand finals. Winning the grand final is history for my football team,” Sengum said.
The skipper said his team was made up of only four national players a lot of them new and young.
“We had mix thoughts at first but managed it very well on the field. The boys’ ball control and defence were good that lead us to this victory,” he said.
However, the PMSA did not give any space for Madang to score. It took them the full 90 minutes with either side breaking the deadlock. The game was forced into extra 20 minutes but the score line remained unchanged forcing the game into a penalty shoot-out.
However, it was Madang goalkeeper Gewa Mikes who stole the lime light in the end with a superb save that denied PMSA a chance of scoring to stay level.
Then Sengum stepped up and converted the decisive goal to run away 5-4 victorious. Gewa said the block was the peak of his goalkeeping career.
“I am happy and excited about the block. I am happy with the boys for winning the Cup for the first time. Soccer is loved in Madang and with this win, I know my folks back in the flying fox province will be proud of us,” Gewa said.
PNGFA competition manager Simon Koima congratulated Madang for their win. Madang walked away K20, 000 richer while PMSA pocketed K15, 000, Morobe FA collected K10, 000 and Hoods pocketed K5, 000