THE National Soccer League board has decided to play the semi-finals on Saturday in Madang.
The first match at midday sees the minor-premier Lae City Dwellers taking on fourth-placed Besta PNG United FC while the main game has second-placed Madang FC facing third-placed Huawei PS United.
NSL competition manager Simon Koima said the board had opted to have the games at the Laiwaden Oval because of the continuous wet weather in Lae which had affected the pitch at the PNG Football Association Academy and Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium.
“The weather in Lae has affected the state of the pitch at the PNGFA Academy and Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium making it unsuitable for NSL fixtures so the board has decided to move the games to Laiwaden Oval where the conditions are drier,” Koima said.
The NSL grand-final, however, will take place the following weekend in Port Moresby
“Lae is the most suitable venue to have the semi-finals as planned because of its central location and because we want to give something back to the people of Morobe,” Koima said.
“But due to the wet weather in Lae, the board has decided to have the semi-finals played in Madang and the grand-final in Port Moresby.
Koima said the semi-final format will see first play fourth and the second play third with winners advancing to the grand-final.
Semi-final fixtures: 12:30 pm – Lae City Dwellers FC vs Besta PNG United FC, 3:00 pm – Madang FC vs Huawei PS United FC.