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PNG: We’re In Fiji To Compete And Win

While most teams will be aiming to win gold in the FIBA-USP U19 Oceania Basketball Championship, Papua New Guinea is hoping to improve their rankings. Manager Dickson Omaro said PNG’s
30 Nov 2014 14:23
PNG: We’re In Fiji To Compete And Win
Members of the Papua New Guinea Under-19 basketball team in Suva yesterday for the 2014 FIBA Oceania Championship. Photo: Ronald Kumar

While most teams will be aiming to win gold in the FIBA-USP U19 Oceania Basketball Championship, Papua New Guinea is hoping to improve their rankings.

Manager Dickson Omaro said PNG’s performance in the FIBA Oceania has been good but they want to take it another level up and prove they are more than just a team.

“We’re been preparing since February and we have prepared well to come and make a difference in the tournament,” Omaro said.

“Our participation in the FIBA Oceania Championships in the last couple of years has been good but our main aim this year is to improve our rankings.

“Currently our boys are ranked seventh and our girls are ranked fifth, so we are trying to take one step up. Besides our ranking, we want to play to the best of our ability so neighbouring countries can see us more as a competitive team than just a team that comes and play.”

Omaru said the Suva weather was favourable as they try to settle before the games tomorrow.

“The weather is very lovely here, back home it’s very hot and it’s much cooler here,” he said.

“For now we are trying to get ourselves adjusted to the time here, but otherwise the weather and people are friendly.

“This is my first time to be travelling with the team. From what I’m seeing, this tournament will be one we will never forget so we are looking forward to it.”

PNG will play their first match tomorrow against Australia at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.

 

 

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