Port Moresby Governor bids to host Indonesian soccer team and NRL match
PORT Moresby is bidding to host Indonesia’s Papua province representative soccer team, Pesipura-Jayapura as part of PNG’s 40th Independence anniversary celebrations.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop yesterday told The National that he has forwarded his interest to the Indonesian Embassy in Port Moresby and his staff were now working on costs of logistics for hosting the team. The visitors from Jayapura will play with a Port Moresby All Stars-select team — something Parkop will work out with Port Moresby Soccer Association.
Parkop said his office would work closely with the PNG Football Association to sanction the match and hopefully upgrade it to have PNG All Stars playing with the visitors from the other side of the border. Pesipura-Jayapura is the heart and soul of the people of Papua, and they would make a huge turn-out to support their team while in Port Moresby.
A similar plan for the 40th Independence anniversary is being drawn up.
Parkop said he had plans to host an NRL match — probably a North Queensland Cowboys game through a sister-city agreement.
While his office will be working on these two events, Parkop is calling on national sporting bodies to host exhibition matches in Port Moresby as part of the independence celebrations. The National/ Rugby Insights