PNGRFL board director for NGI dies

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PAPUA New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) board director for New Guinea Islands Confederate Alois Tobata, pictured, has died.
PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said Tobata, aged 62, passed away in Port Moresby yesterday after a long illness.
He said Tobata’s contribution and leadership to sports and in particular rugby league in the region and the country had been was ‘excellent’.
“Alois Tobata has been involved with the game as a player, official and administrator in East New Britain and the region for a long time,” Tsaka said.
He said Tobata was a first term director after being elected at their annual general meeting in Lae in 2017.
“His role as CEO of the East New Britain Sports Development Authority saw him contribute meaningfully and intelligently in our board meetings,” Tsaka said.
“We will miss his wisdom and views at the board level as well as his personality and friendship with everyone he came across.
“On behalf of his fellow board directors, CEO Reatau Rau and staff, national coach Michael Marum and all officials and players and our rugby league family in the New Guinea Islands region and throughout PNG, I express our sincere condolences to his wife Dorothy, a netball personality in the region, his children including son George, who is heavily involved with rugby league, immediate family and relatives and pray that God will grant them comfort during this time of mourning,” Tsaka said.
His body is now at the Funeral Home and tentative plans at this stage are to take him to Kokopo tomorrow.

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