Numapo said the Hunters had lost some of its best players over the last month but only three of the six players who left had the blessing of the management.
He said it is disappointing to see the Hunters losing players, especially after a very successful season in the Queensland Cup, finishing in the top six in its inaugural season last year.
“Six players have left the Hunters with Gary Lo, Thompson Teteh, Jason Tali, Wartovo Puara Junior, Stanton Albert and Dion Aiye all going overseas to play. Mark Mexico left earlier,” Numapo said.
“The Hunters’ in the Queensland Cup had given local players the exposure they needed for the NRL scouts,” Numapo said. “The inclusion of Puara and Teteh in the train-and-trial runs with the South Sydney Rabbitohs this season is a good example. This is a positive development and worth noting.
But Numapo said the sudden departure of key players was an indication that something was no quite right with the set up at the Hunters and the PNGRFL administration.
He said a concerted effort needed to be made by the Hunters and the PNRFL to address the players’ concerns.
Numapo said PNG would continue to fall in its world ranking if the country did not have a strong and formidable home-grown team nurtured at home and the Hunters team was a good start.
He said that the recent revelation that PNG had slipped out of the top 10 in the Rugby League International Federation was shocking.
“PNG dropped from 4th to 11th in the world rankings over the course of the last two years and yet we call it our national sport,” he said.
“There is something drastically wrong.”