The minor premiers of Port Moresby Soccer Association, Mungkas FC and NCD PSSA women’s minor premiers, FC Wantoks have qualified to represent Southern region at the National Club Championships in September.
Mungkas men and Wantoks women secured their spots after coming out on top at the Southern Regional Championship which was hosted by the National Capital District Public Servant Soccer Association (NCDPSSA) in Port Moresby over the weekend.
Mungkas won all their four matches and drew one, topping the points ladder to be declared the winner of the men’s divison.
They beat Keleiruna 1-0, Chief Pepeala 2-0, FC Wantoks 1-0, Kempa 3-1 and drew with Panapana 1-1 to be the outright winner.
The PMSA minor premiers finished on top with 13 points followed by FC Wantoks on 9 points, Chief Pepeala 7 points, Panapana 6 points, Keleiruna 2 points and Kempa finishing off at the bottom with 1 point.
Mungkas coach David Passam commended his boys for the victory.
“This is history for the club who have never participated in a club championship in the past and I’m so happy with the outcome in this regional championship,” Passam said.
“It’s been a long journey for the club, however through hard work and commitment and determination has brought the club success.”
“We will now go back and prepare for the National Club Championship in September,” added Passam
In the women’s division, FC Wantoks finished on top with 4 points after defeating Tarangau 5-0 and drawing nil-all with Mungkas.
The PMSA minor premiers fell short on 2 points after drawing both of their games.
The two-day regional championship ended at Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance Oval yesterday with trophies presented to the two winners.
PNGFA President who was present to witness the two-day regional championship commended the three associations for bringing their top teams to the revived PNGFA Club Championships.
“The level of football skills that have been displayed the past two days from the teams has showed that there’s consistency from the local member associations that the teams come from,” Kapi Natto said.
Kapi Natto acknowledge teams from Port Moresby and outside, for their efforts in developing football at the club level.
“There is a good balance of teams from the city and outside,” Kapi Natto said.
“Each club must take ownership to grow your side so that you can help develop football.”