Sacking was unfortunate, says Andrew


FORMER Enga Mioks coach Andiki Andrew says his sacking was unfortunate, given challenges the team had faced in the Digicel Cup pre-season.
He told The National that the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League’s Covid-19 vaccination policy and internal pressure were worrying signs prior to the season.
“I lost more than 20 players who refused to take the vaccine and on top of that, I was asked to reassemble a whole new side before we could start the season,” Andrew said.
“It’s a short season and the management expected results from us in the early rounds, but that wasn’t possible because we had to go back and look at the players we had available to play in the season.
“We basically had to make the numbers for the opening rounds.”
He said 11 rounds for the 2021 season were not enough to get new players firing in their new roles and combinations.
“Had the season been longer like the past, we would have like 20-plus rounds and we would have been able to work out our combinations with a longer season,” Andrew said.

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