Lepa said this after Fox made his intentions known to resign at the end of 2013 at the PNGRFL’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lae over the weekend.
Deputy Chairman Sandis Tsaka was appointed by the PNGRFL’s board to succeed from Mr Fox.
Lepa says Fox has been there through the darkest times of Rugby League when the Digicel Cup started and has contributed immensely to the promotion of the code and the development of players in the country.
“Tsaka is a reputable person and I would like to congratulate him on his appointment. I believe he will continue on from where Fox has left,’’
Lepa added that there are some outstanding issues with Rugby League in the country that needs to be addressed.
“Tsaka was vocal for the highlands block over corrupt practices in the rugby league fraternity in PNG over the years. And I hope he would do the same for the nation with this position he’s in now” says Lepa.
Lepa who has been spearheading the CCIC competition for the last 14years said ruby league has been gone to the dogs with some running it as a private entity.
“I’d like Tsaka to pursue the matter of PNG NRL Bid, Team Kumul and others operating as private entities and resolute them so that we can have one PNGRFL board looking after all aspects of rugby development in PNG,”.
“Millions of kina have been pumped into these entities to develop rugby league but it seems that the administrators and coaching staffs (of these entities) are getting the bigger pieces of the cake,” said Lepa.
Among others, we need to review the contracts signed by the coaching and administration staffs (nationals).