THE Southern leg of the Besta FA Cup challenge ended with PMSA senior men and women claiming the region’s honours in Port Moresby on Sunday.
In a men’s affair, PMSA edged Hoods Soccer Association, 1-0, for the men’s title while in the women’s final, PMSA senior beat the PMSA development side 2-0 in a penalty shoot-out.
PMSA are the new men’s champions while PMSA women claimed their fourth successive title.
Despite the results for the men’s final, Hoods Soccer Association have booked a ticket to accompany the two Port Moresby Soccer Association team to Lae for the Besta FA Cup finals in October.
In the men’s third and fourth place play-off, the little-known Kariko team from Rigo Inland which has untapped football talent, defeated Kamali.
Maino Kwalimu’s Kamili also featured Leanna Geno and Tau Winnie in the third and fourth play-off but their presence made no difference as Kariko was too good on the day to win 2-0.
While in the women’s third and fourth play-offs, Hoods defeated Lower Sogeri 1-0.
Local Organising Committee chairman Leslie Babaga said he was pleased with the outcome of the four-day tournament which saw a lot of new talents on show.
I also want to thank PNG Ports who came on board in supporting the tournament with a cheque of K5000.
Football was the best foundation of development and a tool for public-private partnership.
Football is not just a game, pastime or social activity but a wonderful tool for positive development, contributing immensely to address law and order issues, gender inequality, children’s health and education, poverty and most importantly, football unites the communities.
The government and companies must contribute more to football, because football addresses social issues that we are facing today.
Babaga commended PNG Ports for supporting the tournament and said the sponsorship to football was an investment for positive development.