The National, Monday 18th February, 2013
By GABRIEL LAHOC
WEST New Britain Tavur did not make the flight to Lae last week for the match against Besta PNG United at the Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium because the Telikom National Soccer League failed to meet their travel arrangements.
Many disappointed Tavur fans turned back at the entrance of the stadium after learning their team could not make the flight into Lae on Thursday or Friday.
This hiccup has forced the new franchise and the only one based in the New Guinea Islands region to it play its third washout match in Lae on Wednesday against host Besta.
Tavur team manager John Raka yesterday afternoon expressed disappointment at the NSL management for what he saw as their lack of dialogue and interaction with the franchises.
“The situation is not with us Tavur; it’s with NSL, they can’t get us out on Thursday or Friday,” he said in Kimbe.
Raka said the NSL management had been trying to shift some cost onto Tavur because it was expensive, especially on their travel, and after consulting the players and officials they had agreed but wanted some assistance towards their accommodation and meals costs.
Raka said the Tavur FC was now forced to spend more than a week away from home as they would fly into Lae on Wednesday, play against Besta and then stay on until Saturday when they face Gigira Laitepo Morobe.
They will then stay on for another washout match against Welgris in Lae and then fly off to Port Moresby for another match.
He said some of these issues happened because there was no regular dialogue or meetings between franchise managements and the NSL management.