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National Soccer League start date delayed

NSL board chairman Isaac Lupari says only Hekari United, Welgris and Besta have met the December 14 deadline.
With the competition originally scheduled to kick-off in early January, it has now been deferred to February 2.
Lupari says the board has decided that only six teams will be able to take part in the new season, due largely to the change in format for the OFC Champions League.
The three remaining spots in the competition will go to the clubs who pay their fees on a first come, first-served basis.
Lupari says with Hekari United taking part in the OFC Champions League in 2013 there is a strong possibility some of the NSL season may clash, however the board will take that factor into account when deciding the draw.
“The board is determined to reform the NSL competition structure to allow more teams representing the provinces and while we will run the 2013 season with the limited teams format, we intend to expand in 2014,” Lupari says.
“I again urge potential sponsors and provincial governments to support the franchise teams. The games will take place in Lae and Port Moresby and possibly Mount Hagen depending on the availability of quality football grounds for the NSL.”
Teams that have expressed interest but are yet to make any payments include Eastern Stars, Port Moresby City, Yamaros, Bulolo MMJV, Morobe Gigira United and WNB Tavur.
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