Aspiring newcomer, FC Port Moresby will face a baptism of fire against reigning champions, Hekari United FC, while Oro will take on neighbouring Milne Bay franchise, Eastern Star FC, in their opening match.
Under Italian coach Joe Montemurro, FC Port Moresby have been preparing well since making their intention known to take part in the semi-professional competition.
Known as Pepe, Montemurro was extremely impressed with the talent of his charges, which include eight national reps plus prominent emerging youth players who have won age group international caps.
“This blend of youth and experience of PNG’s finest home-grown players is a coach’s dream,” he said.
“FC Port Moresby players come from all four regions of PNG and we are excited about building a fan base that extends nationwide.”
On the prospect of facing Hekari first up, Pepe said “Every team wants to play against the champions to truly test themselves.”
“This is a fantastic introduction to the 2013 NSL season, of course, the premiers will start as favourites but I am confident that we can promise Port Moresby residents that your team is here to play.”
Senior player Reginald Davani said his squad had been preparing well for the opening match.
The club has secured the services of former Hekari United player Neil Hans, who will lead the side against his former teammates.
Hekari coach Jerry Allen could not say much about his chances.
This weekend’s opening games
Sir John Guise Stadium: 3pm – Oro FC vs Eastern Stars FC: 6pm – Hekari FC vs FC Port Moresby.
Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium – Lae
3pm – Besta FC vs Welgris FC
Kimbe Soccer Oval
3pm – Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC vs WNB Tavur FC.