Khalu returns to help PNG basketball


TOP North Queensland basketball coach Joel Khalu, pictured, returned to Port Moresby for a coaching workshop on Sept 18-19 to help Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea’s (BFPNG) commitment in developing its national teams.
Khalu served as PNG’s national team head coach from 2012 to 2017 and despite resigning from his post as chief executive of BFPNG last year, he is still committed to PNG basketball.
“I’ve made some wonderful friends in PNG and it will be fantastic to catch up with so many familiar faces,” Khalu said before coming up.
“It’s also great to be back to help grow the game via the facilitation of a coaches workshop. I’m grateful for this chance to continue working with coaches from across the country.”
Khalu acknowledged that the coaches workshop will involve various levels of coaches and will cater the workshop that will tailor to the needs of the attendees.
“For me, a big part is about helping teach coaches how to deliver the key fundamentals of the game — dribbling, passing, shooting, defense.
“If we can really focus on teaching those fundamental skills well, especially to the younger ages, the playing standard throughout the country will rise,” Khalu said.
Fiba competitions manager Amanda Jenkins commended Khalu’s contributions to the growth of basketball in PNG.
“Joel has been instrumental in the growth of PNG which culminated in a massive performance in last year’s Melanesia Cup,’ Jenkins said.
“We believe that this is only the start for PNG and they have the potential to get even better.” – Fiba Oceania

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