56-year-old Moi Muri and 36-year-old Joel Khalu told EMTV News that they are excited as a federation with their coaching appointments.
Mori said their success follows a tremendous effort that was showcased during the 2015 Pacific Games.
CEO of Basketball PNG and now Head of the National Men’s Team for the Melanesian cup, Joel Khalu says the next step would be to prepare and organise the national championships.
Khalu said to be given another shot at leading the National Men’s team; he is honoured to take the role and is looking forward to working with PNG’s best basketball players.
Joining Mr Khalu in leading the team for the Melanesian cup is 56-year-old Moi Muri who is no stranger when it comes to anything basketball.
Muri, who represented PNG in three Pacific Games, from 1983 to 1991, is coming with a wealth of experience, and will be coaching the national women’s team straight after the selection in July.
He said coaching the national team, has always been something he wanted to do, and to be given the opportunity to get the Women’s team ready is a privilege.
He said he is confident and will make sure that the team gets the best training under his leadership as they prepare for the Melanesian Cup.
Khalu added that overseas based players will not be forgotten as PNG needs its best players to battle for the Melanesian Cup.
Selections for the National teams will come after the National Championship which will take place in Port Moresby from July 3rd to the 8th.
So far, more than 10 teams are on standby for the tournament but the federation is hoping more teams will register just before the nationals.
Four countries participating in the event including PNG are New Caledonia, Solomon Island and Fiji.