THE New Guinea Islands leg of the Besta FA Cup challenge ended with Talasea (men) and Kimbe (women) claiming the region’s honours in Kimbe yesterday.
In an all-NBPOL Football Association men’s affair, Talasea edged Kapiura 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-all in extra time, for the men’s title while in the women’s final, Kimbe beat Buvusi 5-1.
Talasea are the new men’s champions while Kimbe women claimed their fourth successive title.
The two finalists will represent the NGI Region at the Besta FA Cup Finals in Lae in October.
It all went down to the wire in both divisions but the fitter and more experienced teams walked out winners.
The all-NBPOL Football Association men’s challenge produced a high standard of football.
They qualified for the finals after disposing of highly fancied Kimbe Football Association men’s teams.
Kimbe Football Association President Maha Waname said the over-all turn-out of the tournament was successful despite few football associations did not turn up.
He said a total of eleven men’s team and six women’s team taking part in the five day tournament with all participating teams are from NBPOL and Kimbe Soccer Association (KSA) and their associated members.
“Arawa, Manus and Kavieng did not attend due to financial constraints,” Waname said.