Former cricketer honoured

The Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation presented a sponsorship worth K2,000 to the family of former Cricket PNG board chairman, Late Veari Maha.

CEO Peter Tsiamalili Junior, in supporting the Veari Maha Memorial Shield tourney, said the presentation is a show of appreciation to the legends of sport from the yesteryears.

“Without their fearless foray and tireless efforts in the formative years of playing sport in the country, sport is what it is now today because of men like the Late Veari Maha,” Tsiamalili said.

Maha and his board during their time will be remembered for their vision to construct the country’s first turf wicket back in 1999 in a bid to lift the status of cricket in the country.

“We need more visionary leaders in sport like Maha who can change the landscape of sport through their forward thinking and ambition,” Tsiamalili said.

Late Maha’s eldest son Navu, thanked the PNG Sports Foundation for the generous donation to help commemorate their father’s anniversary and also the tournament that they are planning to run on December 24th.

“Thank you very much and it’s very much appreciated,” he expressed.

Presenting the cheque on behalf of PNGSF, Events, Marketing & Sponsorship Director John Susuve recalled that the Late Veari Maha was a great cricket administrator, an advocate of cricket and the legacy that he has left behind will be carried on.

“We value the history,” Susuve stated.

“We know that he loved cricket, the legacy that he has set a pathway, the children have followed suit like Navu. His cricket time is over, but becoming an administrator even at international cricket level, we’d like to congratulate Navu’s part. The outcomes of today’s achievement, going to the 2020 world cup, I think the Maha’s have played a significant role and Veari Maha is a household name in cricket.”

Susuve thanked the Maha family for taking the initiative to value and honour the great Veari Maha and assured that PNGSF will support in many ways in the near future.

(PNGSF Events, Marketing & Sponsorship Director, John Susuve, presenting the sponsorship to the children of the Late Veari Maha – Tania and Navu)

Press release