FORMER Papua New Guinea Kumul and father of Penrith Panthers star James Segeyaro, died last Friday in Port Moresby.
Iffysoe Segeyaro, pictured, from Mohuveto (No.1) village in Bena, Eastern Highlands, represented the country from 1982 to 1983.
The five-eighth or centre, was touted as one of the most gifted players to don a Kumul jumper.
He was bestowed the challenge of marking Australian Kangaroo great Wally Lewis in a Test match in Goroka. Segeyaro contributed back to the game he loved with his involvement in developing the schoolboys pathway in its early stages.
Segeyaro, owned Negiso Wholesale and Distributors, which had offices in Lae, Goroka and Port Moresby.Son James and other family members were at his bed side at Port Moresby General Hospital at the time of his passing at 9.30pm on Friday, after being admitted on Wednesday.
Segeyaro is survived by wife Margaret and children Billy, Zeena, Damarish, Nazmie, Gabriella, James, Cooper and Mere.
In a mark of respect for Segeyaro, PNG Hunters staff and players wore black arm-bands and observed a minutes silence in the dressing room before their Round 25 Queensland Cup match against the Souths Logan Magpies yesterday in Brisbane.
A minutes silence was observed at the Port Moresby Rugby League matches at the Ipi Park yesterday as well. POMRFL board chairman, James Naipao said Segeyaro had the game at heart and spoke of nothing else. “Schoolboys league was a part of his life. He was larger than life, but cool and humble which is why I admired him a lot,” Naipao said.
Nephew Iffysoe Kafare said the haus krai was at the residence of Unggai-Bena MP Benny Allan at Hibiscus St., Hohola.
He said the funeral would be on Wednesday and on Thursday the body would be flown to Goroka.
Kafare said for details the following people could be contacted: Solomon Resis on 73917842, Raymond Salala Kafale on 76198383 or himself on 70246505.
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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