The Kagua Erave Electorate in the Southern Highlands Province has made its bid for acceptance by the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) and the National Soccer League (NSL) in the semiprofessional competition in Papua New Guinea.
The announcement was made jointly by Vice Minister for Sports and Kagua Erave Member of Parliament Wesley Raminai MP in conjunction with President of the Kagua Soccer Association and former Hekari United FC player Albert Aldor.
Making the announcement over the weekend, the Kagua Erave MP, also a keen soccer enthusiast, said “We have got endorsement in principle but as per requirements, we are formally making an expression of interest with the non-refundable K5000 payment. I have allocated K50, 000 to also cover for the mandatory K45, 000 registration once our bid is seen as favourable.”
An elated Aldor said: “The move will put a totally different spin to the already growing momentum for football in the electorate. We are very excited as this takes our football game to another level.”
The NSL bid is the culmination of a football incubation program Raminai started in 2004 with the initiation and start of the Kagua football competition when he was a private businessman and not yet a member. The program was followed by a pilot nursery program which he funded since inception of the initiative.
On the eve of the announcement Raminai said: “We want to provide an alternative to the conventional rugby league in which we can expose and develop the mindset of our young people. Football is the largest sport in the world and there is no reason why we cannot extend to other parts of the country. It is about integral human development and one way to cut down on lawlessness is to keep idle hands and minds busy.”
Raminai said they were now in the midst of complying with the formalities to the bid.