NSL gets clearance for kick off


Having been in a state of indefinite postponement since March due to COVID-19 pandemic, competitive action will resume in the Papua New Guinea’s premier soccer competition this weekend.

The National Soccer League board has acknowledged the announcement made by the State of Emergency (SOE) controller David Manning for the competition to resume.

In a letter sent to NSL secretariat on Tuesday, Manning stated that the competition to continue during lock down but provided the protocols are clearly laid out and followed.

Manning said, COVID-19 transmission in the National Capital District (NCD) alone is increasing at a very alarming rate and it poses a real threat to PNG.

“Our effort now is to contain COVID-19 in NCD and stop it from spreading to other centres, said Manning.”

The SOE Controller said, approval is given to the NSL semi-professional competition to continue but under strict coronavirus safety measures.

NSL Chairman Benny Popoitai is grateful for the positive feedback and said, we are looking forward to resume our competition under strict conditions.

“Plan has already been started and protocols are already put in place to ensure for the competition to start.

“The return of the completion will be played behind closed doors without spectators, however live streaming of the games in Port Moresby would be provided to ensure fans are given the opportunity to watch the games live, said Popoitai.

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