Soccer BY BENNY GETENG The International Food Corporation under its tinned fish branch Besta presented K100,000 to the Besta PNG United FC for the 2019 National Soccer League campaign starting this Saturday. Besta PNG United FC is made of young and talented players that are under the PNG Football Association junior soccer development program in the country. IFC chief operating officer Ahmad Faisal Hamdan said for the last 12 years the company has been supporting soccer in the country and is proud to be part of the junior development program. He said this year the company is looking forward and is eager to see the team make a mark in the semi-professional league The Besta PNG United FC, which is competing in the NSL northern conference, will start their competition this Saturday along with southern conference. He said the team is an Under 19 development side that has set precedence in NSL competition to be competitive and so Besta is proud to elevate the status of soccer in the country to another level. “Our efforts to sponsor the team will see these youngsters eventually make it into the PNG national team (Kapuls),” he said. He said some of these players from the youth development side have made their way up the ranks to join other NSL teams in the competition and that is a positive aspect of the sponsorship over the years. IFC senior manager sales & marketing Roslan Abd Wahed said Besta is a food product and is part of healthy living which plays a big part for sports such as soccer and the sponsorship is part of the company’s social responsibility. The Besta FC team is made from bulk of players attending the soccer scademy at 12-Mile outside Lae city. Lae soccer academy director Idris Kumbruwah said the sponsorship covers participation in NSL such as the team registration of K5000 and supports products of IFC to feed the players based at the academy. “Sponsorship covers more than just playing the game and even covers airfares of the players and sporting equipment,” he said. Kumbruwah said the Besta program is an academic product and he is adamant that the team will produce high quality football in the country.