The National, Wednesday June 18th, 2013
THE Wamp Nga Eagles sacked four players for disciplinary reasons on Saturday, contributing to their 44-8 loss to the Lae Snax Tigers on Sunday in the Digicel Cup.
Team manager Bob Pakindi said the massive loss in front of their fans at the Rabiamul rugby league oval, in Mt Hagen, was the result of a change in players at the last minute.
Pakindi said this after Eagles fans expressed frustration at the poor performances by the team.
Pakindi said the management had sacked Lionel Onki, Joe Joshua, Henry Wan and Daniel Pai because they broke camp on Friday night.
He said when the management found out about that on Saturday morning, they replaced the quartet.
But Pakindi said the new players did not know how to read the game.
“Our game plan was affected at the very last minute because of these players leaving the camp in the night and going out,” he said.
“When we have the same players taking the field on Sunday when they used to play against other teams in the past, the players know how to execute the game plan well.”
He the team morale and fitness level was down when they took to the field.
Pakindi said so far eight players had been sacked from the team for disciplinary problems.
He said the players let their fans down and he did not want a repeat in the eight remaining games.
“Discipline is very important and we want players to live and lead by example to other young ones playing rugby league in the province,” he said.
Pakindi issued a warning the management would not entertain and keep ill-disciplined players.
He said the same players would face the Gulf Isapea in Port Moresby on Sunday.