“The preparation that the team went through before we went down to Melbourne was one of the toughest for us because the expectations of the people back home in PNG were really high.
“But the boys faced the challenges and took one game at a time. The grand final in 2017 against New Zealand was our hardest game. It was tougher than the 2014 win over Ireland.
“We didn’t know what to expect. It was very challenging and exciting as well. All credit goes back to the boys and the coaching staff, “said Jambarufo.
Jambarufo finished by saying looking ahead to the 2020 AFL International Cup, the team can make it three in a row provided the funding plus continuing to train hard and stay fit.
“Thank you again to all the sponsors and to our friends and family and the rest of PNG for all your support. We appreciate it. This Cup we won is for PNG.
“Winning back to back AFL International Cup titles was one of the greatest experiences for the team, “said Jambarufo.
Four Mozzies players were selected in the Men’s IC17 World Team- John James Lavai, Greg Aki, John Ikupu and Hewago ‘Ace’ Oea.
Mozzies coach, David Lake took home World Team Coach honors alongside New Zealand coach Rob Malone, as both men steered their teams to the Cup Final.