Apia Muri, a familiar name in the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Basketball fraternity and for the followers of the code simply an all-rounded player and exciting to watch.
The KSS Southern Flames utility is set to dawn the PNG colours in the anticipated FIBA Melanesian Basketball Championship at the end of this month.
Muri, the 29 years of age from Baimuru Gulf Province, will be among the group of players lining up against their Melanesian counterparts for the honour of being crowned kings of Melanesian Basketball.
Apia started playing basketball at an early age and then started to attend several international tournaments for PNG with the recent one being the Pacific Games 2015
He comes from a family of 7 and being the eldest, bearing the surname Muri comes with greater challenge. Apia’s Dad was also the national rep for the country in the late 80’s.
With his father now coaching the national women’s team and brother Puari and Dia also in the national team along their younger sister, basketball is a family affair.
The six-foot point guard will make his 3rd appearance in the Senior Men’s team, and is most likely to lead the PNG side.