Local businessman and chairman of the PNG Games 2020 host organising committee, Sape Molumi, says such a historic achievement deserves backing from the wider Southern Highlands community.
The host organising committee presented K40,000 to the patron of the Kagua-Erave Football Club, Wesley Raminai, while as a corporate citizen, Molumi, on behalf of his firm, Oceanic Construct Ltd, gave K20,000.
“And I also appeal to other corporate citizens of our province and our district to come and support the team that is participating at that level,” he added.
Kagua-Erave FC patron, Raminai, who is also the local MP and Vice Sports Minister, in thanking Molumi, said football can contribute to tackling the recent social issues affecting their province.
“We want to change the mindset of the people in the province in that we need to move forward,” Raminai said.
“The world is moving and we want to change.
“All in all for the district we know that in the next five to 10 years, Kagua-Erave electorate should become a force in producing good players.”
Raminai proudly spoke of their school nursery program that he had initiated early last year, where they saw young footballers in the under 10 and under 12 division impress on the field during the trials last weekend.
A former soccer player himself, Raminai had designed the football program with the aim of developing youngsters into professional footballers.
Meantime, the club hosted selection trials in Kagua Station over the weekend, where coach Steven Mune was impressed with the skills on display.
He said the players’ names will be kept under wraps until the final list is confirmed as they go into training at the National Sports Institute in Goroka mid this week.