THE Simbu Warriors franchise is still holding out hope that it can make this year’s Digicel Cup season.
Warriors chairman Sam Goiya is a man on a mission, with the Chimbu provincial government-sponsored side awaiting the final decision of the Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Board meeting on Saturday in Port Moresby.
He said the Warriors board had not received any notification on their expression of interest hence their positive out-look.
But the chances of the Warriors being included in this year’s Digicel Cup appear unlikely, with the draws not having any new franchises in it.
Goia claimed the relocation of the TNA Simbu Lions from Kundiawa gave prominence to the Warriors’ bid which had met the requirements to participate in the semi-professional competition.
The chairman said that a 30-man squad was already training at Dickson Oval in Kundiawa which was the home ground of the Warriors.
Goia said designs for merchandise were complete and a contract woukld be awarded to a Fijian company for competition uniforms, training wear and requirements for fans including caps, polo shirts and umbrellas.
The Simbu Governor Noah Kool, a former Kumul, was pleased with communications to date with the PNGNRL board and was positive that team would be given the approval as a founding team from the Inter City competition in 1990.
Kool spoke to Warriors team management and technical officials at Vision City on Easter Monday saying the franchise would require more than K1 million to compete in the competition. The National
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