The top posting for PNGRFU was left vacant, following the exit of Richard Sapias earlier this year.
Since then, Ben Frame has taken up the post as interim president, being part and parcel of this year’s Export Rugby Series and soon, the Asian cup of Nations in Hong Kong.
While the position requires a permanent posting, three candidates have raised their hands; interim President, Ben Frame, PNG Sports Foundation’s CEO, Peter Tsiamalili Jnr, and businessman Steven Komes.
Peter Tsiamalili Jnr is one, who has submitted his team, including Steve Kami as vice-president, Richard Broadbridge for treasurer and Sally Tadabe for secretary.
While Ben Frame’s associates, include Robert Nilkare for vice president, Tony Carbry as treasurer, and Joe Holloway their nominated secretary.
Like Frame, despite his short term as President, Tsiamalili has been at the forefront of Rugby Union, using it as a powerful tool for unity in AROB, and in particular driving development within the youth and womenfolk.
With the looming AGM nearing, only 12 of the affiliate unions have the power to vote, but given the number of events that have transpired, since the nominations were submitted, it is proving to be an interesting contest.
With less than a week remaining till the AGM, documents have been leaked on social media, prompting Minister for Sports, Justin Tkatchenko, to recommend his pick for the top job, in one of the dailies.