Parkop told the Post-Courier after PNG beat Wales on Saturday, that it was an exceptional game that saw great defence and attack put up by the Kumuls.
“They did us proud. It was a great day today (Saturday) given that Wales are ranked 9th and Kumuls on 16th and they have beaten us by similar scores in our past three outings against them.
“Sweet victory and sweet revenge…this is the spirit we needed for our city and our country to leverage sports especially our national games to achieve more beyond the field,” he said.
Parkop said sports has the ability to unite the people and the nation by providing a platform for the young people to lift their self esteem, develop positive values and attitudes and find their place in life.
“As one of the major sponsors for the three World Cup Games, I am proud and happy the Kumuls have redeemed our position in the rugby league ratings and I am planning to go to the semis in Sydney in late November.
“Bring on the Kiwis and Kangaroos. I am super confident the Kumuls will beat Ireland and USA by a bigger score.
“Wales was the team I was more concerned about due to their ranking but with a score like that Ireland and USA should be easy beats,” he said.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has congratulated the PNG Kumuls for their historic win.
The PM who led half of the cabinet to watch the World Cup game has also thanked the coaching staff for an excellent win.
“Very good win by our national team and our appreciation and congratulations to the players and coaching staff for an excellent team,” O’Neill said.
He also thanked all the other NRL players, the PNG and non-PNG for their best performance.
PNG Kumuls have created history 1991 – Wales 68 vs PNG 0, 2001 Wales 22 vs PNG 8, 2007 Wales 50 vs PNG 10 and 2017 PNG 50 vs Wales 6. Post Courier