The National Soccer League round three returns to Lae on Saturday at the PNGFA Academy, when Huawei PS United take on Prima Buang FC and Vitis Yamaros face Lae City Dwellers in an exciting double-header.
PS United have been impressive over the last two rounds, beating Besta United 1-0 in round one and upsetting an experienced Madang FC to prove they are a force to reckon with in this year’s competition.
Buang FC on the other hand, played their first game last week and got a 6-0 belting from Dwellers, however, the Mt Hagen-based franchise will be looking to steer clear and put the loss behind them with some motivation.
The Dwellers-Yamaros match will pit two prominent PNG Kapuls strikers, Raymond Gunemba and Patrick Aisa against each other.
In Madang at Laiwaden Oval on Sunday, Besta PNG United FC go neck-and neck with host Madang FC. Both sides form the core of Madang’s elite youth and senior players.
Competition manager Simon Koima said venue issues with the National Sports Trust Limited have prevented them from having games in the nation’s capital.
Koima said only six teams would take part in this year’s competition after receiving queries on the availability of Southern Strikers who were originally included in the NSL draws.
“Southern Strikers will not take part now; we thank them for showing their interest,” Koima said.
But Koima confirmed that the Southern Strikers franchise has deferred their expression of interest to take part in the 2017-18 season.
He commended the Strikers management for committing themselves to the following season by maintaining their K5000 expression of interest fee.
Fixtures: Saturday, PNGFA Academy, Lae: 12.30pm Huawei PS United FC Vs Prima Buang FC, 3.00pm Vitis Yamaros FC Vs Lae City Dwellers FC.
Sunday, Laiwaden Oval, Madang 3.00pm: Besta PNG United FC Vs Madang FC.