By HENRY MORABANG
COMPETITION leaders CMSS Tigers have upheld their professionalism in football to continue training despite the Telikom National Soccer League challenge going into four weeks recess for the festive season.
Tigers, who hold a slim two-point lead over arch rivals Hekari United, were under strict instructions from franchise owner Jimmy Kim to have no break but continue training until the semi-professional soccer challenge resumes on Jan 16.
Kim is currently on a business trip to Philippines and South Korea.
However, team manager Perry Agina confirmed that the Tigers were still training.
Agina said despite Hekari United, Eastern Stars and Gelle Hills sending their imports to their respective destinations of Solomon Islands and Fiji, Tigers opted to remain in camp in the hope for better performance when the competition resumes next month.
Agina said Roland Warisan (Wewak) and Raymond Gunemba, Ian Yanum, Beckham Yanum, Anton Pipi, Ken Gule and Sowera Guti (Lae) and the Port Moresby-based players were still intact.
He added that Kim came up with the decision following the two consecutive draws with Gelle Hills 2-2 and University Inter FC 1-1, making no room for a possible break for the players.
“We have a slim lead over nearest rivals, another reason why the boys are not going for holidays,” he said.
Perry said Tigers have remained undefeated with only two draws while all other teams have lost their respective NSL matches.
The new kids on the block, Besta PNG United have a point after a draw against University Inter FC in Lae.