NCD Suburban Sports Association chairman Billy Aki (pictured) said that the annual event will cost K50,000 and needs Governor Powes Parkop’s approval.
“If we get the money (K50,000) from the governor, the prize money for the cup winners will be increased from K5,000 to K10,000,” Aki said.
Last year Parkop gave K30,000 for awards, cash prizes for the cup, plate and bowl including administration costs.
The affiliation fee for teams is K400 and the deadline for payment is next Tuesday.
Aki will appoint a committee to run the competition.
Only 24 teams will compete in the tournament with Morata, Hohola, Nine-Mile, Eastern Highlands, Boroko off-season leagues fielding two teams each. Kaugere Pythons are the sole representatives from the South Settlement league. So far 11 sides are confirmed with 13 spaces still available. Interested teams should see Aki at NCDC Lagatoi Haus to register.
Morata are the defending champions.
Aki said this was an opportunity for grassroots talents from the various suburbs and settlements to showcase their talents. This event is organised under Parkop’s District Support Improvement Programme funds to occupy youths in NCD suburbs and settlements to discourage the consumption of illicit drugs, homemade alcohol and petty crimes during the festive period.
Competition rules allow for a maximum of six players from established leagues around the country to play for a team with only three players allowed to play in the same game.
“This tournament is not for Kumuls or Digicel Cup players as they have already reached that level,” Aki said.
Aki however invited these elite players to impart their knowledge in coaching and training respective teams. The national