The National, Wednesday October 9th, 2013
TWO provincial governors will be special guests at the Koiari Rugby League final this weekend at Sogeri Oval.
National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop and Central’s Kila Haoda will watch the finals from where a preliminary squad for the NCD Lagatois for 2014 Digicel Cup competition will be made.
Parkop has given his approval to Billy Aki of the Port Moresby Suburban Sports to field a team in the semi-professional competition next season.
NCD Lagatois officials are busy scouting rural talent that will form the nucleus of the team.
Lagatois chairman Las Siminji said in the past Koiari had produced some of the best players, including the Abavu brothers Blend and Joshua.
Joshua is a member of Kumuls team to the World Cup in England.
Aki, who played for the Port Moresby Vipers, stressed there were great talent outside NCD.
“My team is working closely with the rugby league association in Central and in NCD to select a strong team for 2014 Digicel Cup season,” he said.
“I have been there and done that, so I am working with everyone with the help of the NCD Governor to expose rural talent on the national stage, which is the Digicel Cup rugby league competition,” he said.
Aki will be banking on Haoda to help fund the Lagatois.
After the selection process, the names of the two teams will be named and the Kone Tigers Oval will undergo refurbishment in the coming weeks leading to the new Digicel Cup season.