Chairman of the National Football stadium (NFS) Trustees board and managing director of Oil Search Peter Botten (pictured) has praised the performance of the PNG LNG Kumuls and the NFS venue.
With the venue successfully hosting one of its highest profile events to date, Botten said the jubilant crowd was broadcasted all over the world and got great reviews overseas.
He said Saturday’s game had set a great platform to portray Papua New Guinea to the world.
“That telecast was beamed around the world. I have had a lot of texts from people in the UK, saying ‘hey this is Moresby at its best and we, never thought how good it would be,” Botten said.
“The crowd was magnificent and I think the stadium performed excellent and fantastic advert of the partnership with the government.”
“Oil Search and PNG rugby league about what can be done in Papua New Guinea but the kumuls were just outstanding and the crowd, let me tell you, I felt so proud to see them enjoy it in a safe, great environment.”
Botten said with two games to go and the good health of the national coach confirmed, the signs are looking good for the national team.
“We can go into the next game confident but not complacent.”
He also elaborated a vital fact in the impression the venue and game has given to the Welsh visitors as much as it has done for the country.
“I can tell you the Welsh were just so complementary of the stadium, the facilities, and the crowd and the whole experience of Papua New Guinea.
“So, we have now got ambassadors going back to Wales and I am sure Ireland and the US will say that PNG is a great place to come and the PNG people are great people, we really play good rugby league.” Post Courier
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Downer Rugby League 9s World Cup
- PNG Kumuls 0 Australia 26
- PNG Kumuls 18 New Zealand Kiwis 18
- PNG Kumuls 23 USA Tomahawks 10
Pacific Test Results
201 9 - PNG Kumuls 28 Great Britain Lions 10
2019 - Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 20
2019 - PNG Kumls 6 Samoa 24
2018 - PNG Kumuls 26 Fiji Bati 14
2017 - PNG Kumuls 32 Cook Islands 22
2016 - PNG Kumuls 24 Fiji Bati 22
2015- Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 22
World Cup Results
Round 1 : PNG Kumuls 50 Wales 6
Round 2: PNG Kumuls 14 Ireland 6
Round 3 PNG Kumuls 64 USA 0
Quarter Finals : PNG Kumuls 6 England 36