BFPNG Announces National Squads for FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup
The Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) has announced its senior national squads that will commence preparations for the FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup that is being held in Port Moresby this September.
A 23-player women’s squad and 25-player men’s squad were named on Saturday night, both groups including athletes based in-country and overseas.
The women’s roster is headlined by 2015 Pacific Games standouts Betty Angula, Marca Muri and Mary Elavo Jnr, while 2016 PNG under 18 national team captain Normalisa Dobunaba, also received a call-up to the senior level.
The men’s assembly includes Wright brothers Liam & Lloyd, Australian-based players Marty Leahy & Aron Farmer, along with outstanding local talents Apia Muri, Sibona Kala and Gabriel Elavo. Joe Elavo earned a recall to the national squad following his performance in the national championships, while 16-year old rising star Coni Muri was also named in the group.
Both squads feature a presence of athletes based outside of Port Moresby, with eight players identified from Lae, three from Kavieng and one from Daru.
Squad members based in Port Moresby will commence training sessions next week, before a final selection camp will be held over a weekend in August. At this final selection camp, players based regionally and overseas will travel to the nation’s capital, joining the Port Moresby contingent in vying for one of the twelve available positions in the final teams that will compete in the FIBA Melanesia Cup from September 27 to 30.
2017 BFPNG Women’s National Squad:
Mary Elavo Jnr.
Mary Cindy Elavo
Head Coach: Moi Muri
First Assistant Coach: Eddie Salazar
Second Assistant Coach: Janet Vekwari
Team Manager: Lewa Hani
Assistant Team Manager: Martha Aaron
2017 BFPNG Men’s National Squad:
Head Coach: Joel Khalu
First Assistant Coach: Boyet Daroya
Second Assistant Coach: Patrick Ani
Third Assistant Coach: Morris Asiba
Team Manager: Dixon Omaro