Sepik return home following cancellation of soccer league


NATIONAL Soccer League club Sepik returned to Wewak on Sunday as a cost-cutting measure following the temporary cancellation of the competition in response to Coronavirus measures, according to an official.
Club general secretary Clarence Hukahu said the board had also considered the health, welfare and safety of their players and officials in their decision to return to Wewak while awaiting further advice from the Papua New Guinea Football Association.
“Their safety and welfare is paramount, so it was a wise decision for them to reunite with their families during this time,” he told The National yesterday.
“The team also need some rest after three months of competition in Lae. It also saves costs for the club.”
Hukahu said the players who returned to their families included 14 Wewak-based footballers, three Lae-based players while Markham and Madang each had two men.
“Their training in Wewak will continue on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for the next two weeks until we receive further updates from the association,” he said.
“We are yet to secure a major backer for the men’s team this season, but we’ve been functioning with support from minor sponsors.
“With or without a major sponsor, we will continue to live the dream by faith in God alone.
“This was reason behind the revival of Sepik after 12 years of absence from the league.”