The National, Wednesday 19th December, 2012
By JACK AMI
NEW soccer franchise Bird Wing FC will receive K300,000 from the Oro provincial government to enter the Telikom National Soccer League.
The provincial executive council, headed by Governor Gary Juffa, approved the funds of which K80,000 will be paid as affiliation fees to the NSL.
Bird Wing franchise secured additional sponsorship by Port Moresby based construction company NC Civil Works Ltd.
NSL has given provisional approval to the new franchise, which will enable Bird Wing’s entry if one of the six established franchises fails to pay its affiliation fees by the start of competition in February.
NSL official Chris Brown conveyed the news to the new franchise last Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Juffa has appointed former journalist Simon Eroro and lawyer Dudley Yariyari to spearhead Bird Wing’s NSL campaign.
Eroro, a former Port Moresby and PNG U23 player, said he was confident that Bird Wing would enter the NSL competition next year.
He declined to comment on their recruitment of players but it is understood that top-line players like Cyril Muta, Reginald Davani, Gari Moka, Fabian Bagi, Maso Haro and Carlton Guwada are likely to link up with the new team. Former PNG coach John Davani, Paskalis Akalau and Steven Mune are likely choices for coaching staff.
Other players from Higaturu FC in Popondetta who are likely to join Bird Wing include Keith Norrie, Oscar Tembaripa, Barthy Emboge, Mason Japara and Sam Paliau. Other players may be recruited from the just concluded Tufi Cup competition.
Eroro said Bird Wing FC would be initially be based in Port Moresby and move to Popondetta in the near future.