The National - Thursday, February 24, 2011
THE composition of this year’s Digicel Cup challenge and the announcement of the new PNG National Rugby League general manager are likely to top the agenda at the next PNGNRL board meeting in Port Moresby next Saturday.
In an interview, PNGNRL chairman Don Fox, said the general manager’s position was important in helping run the affairs of the semi-professional league.
“At this stage, we cannot name the person but we will surely make the announcement next Saturday during the meeting,” Fox said.
The position will be filled by a Papua New Guinean who has a long association with the game in PNG.
The board will also be announcing the 10 franchises who will be participating in this year’s Digicel Cup challenge.
The board will also be making a decision on whether the Masta Mak City Rangers will be competing in the tournament.
Fox refuted claims that the deadline for payments of affiliation and other necessary requirements was extended to next Sunday.
He said he was misquoted for certain questions asked and created some confusion among the rugby league followers.
He added that the board had resolved to extend the deadline from Jan 14 to Feb 18 to allow the clubs to meet certain requirements and that stands.
However, Fox declined to divulge any information about Rangers inefficiency to meet the deadline.
“I will not make any further comments. I would like to clarify that I cannot make a one-man decision but it will be the final decision of the board,” he said.
Fox also said that attempts to get Rangers franchise owner Kelly Aiyok to discuss these issues seemed unsuccessful.