Davanis at the helm of U17 side

Normal, Sports

The National – Thursday, December 30, 2010

 BRISBANE-based professional football player, Reginald Davani, has voluntarily chipped in to assist the preparation of PNG U17 team for the upcoming Oceania Football Confederation championships next week.

Davani, son of current PNG U17 coach John, is one of the success stories of PNG football and currently plys his trade in Australian club football.

A former PNG striker, Davani is currently on holiday with his family in Port Moresby, and has volunteered to assist in training.

Since arriving two weeks ago, Davani has been a pivotal member of the coaching staff along with his father and assistant Leslie Babaga in instilling team discipline and changing the attitude which is crucial for the team to perform well.

Coach John continued to push the players to the limit with grueling morning and afternoon session at the Bisini Football grounds.

“Fitness is paramount and leg speed vital and the players are responding well to the challenges and are eagerly awaiting their first game against Vanuatu on Jan 8,” Davani said. 

The team will play a Eastern Star side next week before their departure on Jan 6 for Auckland.

Coaching staff and manager Wayne Taylor thanked BSP, bemobile, Pacific Engineering and Starland and SVS for their K21,500 contribution.

“We are extremely appreciate the support from this companies to ensure the team is well dressed on and off the field of play,” he said.