Local company back Lae football franchise

Normal, Sports

THE Niugini Building Supplies University Lae Tukoko Football Club have started the 2010-11 National Soccer League season on good footing.
Following their maiden season, Lae-based firm, Niugini Building Supplies, confirmed their major sponsorship of the club for the second year.
The company paid K80,000 to the NSL as registration fees and, also supplied run-in shirts and caps.
Nawaeb MP Timothy Bonga also chipped in K10,000 towards the club’s campaign this season.
The Lae franchise club was in Boana, the district headquarters of Nawaeb electorate, to play a friendly match with a select Boana side.
The friendly match also opened up new ties, which will see Boana become one of the feeder clubs for NBS Tukoko.
At a presentation function last Friday, Niugini Building Supplies managing director John Buri said he was confident in the players, management and the club.
Buri said the club did very well in their maiden season, and believed they would go one better this season.
Club president Misty Baloiloi stressed to the players, several of them new recruits, and others returning after stints with other clubs, to carry on the traits of the eagle, the club’s mascot, to “fear no one, but be feared by foes”.
Tukoko is eagle in the Kote language of Finschhafen.
Baloiloi, after introducing the team, assured the sponsors that NBS Tukoko were ready to take on the new NSL season.