Papua New Guinea club Madang FC could drop out of the Oceania Champions League

Papua New Guinea club Madang FC could miss out on the Oceania Champions League.

The club is struggling to raise K300,000 to pay for accommodation and expenses and could pull out of the tournament.

They are due to compete in Group C of the tournament on 25 February in Auckland but their preparation has descended into chaos.

The Oceania Football Confederation is paying air fares for all clubs but does not pay expenses, forcing Madang to launch a last minute fundraiser to try to raise the money.

OceaniaFC.com has asked the OFC what will happen if Madang are forced to pull out of the tournament.

Madang are due to play Auckland City, Lautoka FC and AS Venus in the group stage.

Madang board chairman Dr Miok Komolong told The National: “Madang FC have a good squad led by PNG captain Michael Foster and coached by Auckland-based and former PNG international Maurie Wasi.”

“They have the talent and ability to perform at the highest level with the right level of support.

“Whilst the team is based in Madang, the players have roots from Madang, East Sepik, Morobe, Manus, Southern Highlands, Western Highlands, Gulf, Northern, Milne Bay, Central and NCD. We appeal to all football fans to come out and support because the big picture is about representing PNG.

“The support is important so that Madang can represent PNG well and help retain two slots in the Oceania Champions League together with the Lae City Dwellers.”
Fellow Papua New Guinea league side Southern Strikers will help Madang run a fundraiser on 10 February.

The fundraiser will take place at Lamana Hotel at 7pm. Any interested supporters can contact the club on madangfootballclub.png@gmail.com.

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