An uncertain future for footballers
Three South Auckland football clubs face uncertain futures should the Northern Region Football League have its way.
Papakura City, Onehunga Mangere and Mangere United will have to find another league to play in because of a proposal to get rid of NRFL division two.
The recommendation is in a review of the NRFL by a working group that comprised representatives from the league’s three stakeholders, Auckland Football, Northern Football and WaikatoBay of Plenty Football.
They’ve produced a sevenpoint plan that includes the removal of the division two competitions - both premier and reserves - by 2019/2020.
The working party says the revamp is to: ‘‘Provide a regional competition to develop the most talented domestic footballers, referees and coaches and provide a pathway to national and international honours.’’
Onehunga Mangere has blasted the proposal as elitist. ‘‘We believe this proposal is based on a change for change sake attitude and is seen as a deliberate push to try and create a competition for an elite group of larger clubs,’’ president Steve Mateljan says.