The National,Wednesday 16th of January, 2013
By HENRY MORABANG
WEST New Britain Tavur’s inclusion in the National Soccer League this year has heralded a new chapter in semi-professional soccer in PNG, especially in promoting new talent at top-level competition.
Tavur coach Luke Muta told The National from Kimbe that he would concentrate on local talents rather than importing players from outside the province.
He also confirmed that his two soccer sons, Cyril and David, would not be joining the new franchise as they had commitments with Hekari United and other teams.
“I respect the wishes of my two sons as they want to move on with their lives. I understand David is back with Hekari for the time-being before moving down South to play for Sunshine Coast in the Queensland League,” he said.Muta said another experienced WNB player, Wira Wama, would be teaming up with Hekari United.
The only experienced NSL players in the Tavur side would be Junior Bonny and Gari Baki junior, formerly of Eastern Star FC, he said.
Muta said his players have been training hard for the last six weeks and he has advised them to look to reigning premiers Hekari United as their role model.
“Hekari has set a benchmark in NSL and also in O-League. It would mean total commitment and discipline when playing for WNB Tavur FC,” he said.
“The current champions are in a class of their own and it will take a lot of determination by any football club to beat them.”A former rugby league player, Muta turned his attention to soccer after his sons help Hekari to win the O-League title in 2010 and go on to play in the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
He said his main focus was to make his team more competitive, adding that a win would be a bonus for the club but his players must learn how to cope with semi-professional football.
Muta also confirmed his two daughters, Esther and Barbara, would be joining the national women’s soccer team.
Both play with Intra University FC in the NSL women’s competition.
WNB Tavur manager John Raka said the team was all set for the start of competition on Feb 2.