By Sylvester Gawi – EM TV, Lae
Lae City Dwellers Captain, Raymond Gunemba, has encouraged young soccer players in the country to humble themselves, be committed to training and put God first in everything they do.
One would wonder why Raymond Gunemba is a crowd favorite in every soccer game; he is one of Papua New Guinea’s best strikers, and his speed and ability to score goals in every NSL game is a trademark for this young man from Morobe.
He wants to see many young PNG players moving on to play in bigger competitions abroad and make soccer become their career.
Raymond and strike partner Nigel Dabinyaba are now the leading goal scorers in the 2015 Telikom NSL competition, after round 11. Both men have left Hekari United FC to join Lae City Dwellers with one aim, and that is to develop young talent, to rise up and achieve their dreams in soccer.
“Humbleness, commitment to training and acknowledging the Lord in everything you do will pave way for you achieve your dreams and goals,” says Gunemba.
Raymond’s leadership and commitment to his team, of mostly inexperienced NSL players, is becoming a success for many.
The Lae City Dwellers have been performing extremely well in their last games and many new players have stood out in the competition. One of the club’s biggest aims is to make it into the finals in its first year of NSL.
The players have shown their commitment in training and winning games consecutively in the competition.
“We used to have problems in our trainings, but it’s the unity and trust among our players that keeps us going strong,” Gunemba said.
The Dwellers now sit at second place on the NSL ladder, and will be looking at winning their last two games to get the minor premiership.
They are playing champions, Hekari, in their last game of the season. A win over Hekari will qualify them for a spot in the Oceania League Challenge.