Newly appointed Mendi Muruks Chairman Mark Sakai has promised to do his best for the Petroleum Resources Kutubu (PRK) sponsored side for this 2017 Digicel Cup competition.

(Left- Right) Incoming Chairman Mark Sakai and Outgoing Chairman Isaac Joseph.

In handing over the post, Joseph thanked PRK for its continued support over the years particularly in ensuring the Muruks returned to their home province. The side had been based in Lae over the past four years due to lack of sports infrastructure in Mendi.

“I would like to take this time to thank PRK for the support given to Muruks during my reign as the chairman. I have confidence that Mr. Sakai will continue to build a strong management and carry forward the flagship of SHP,” PS Joseph said.

The change of leadership also saw PRK announcing its continued support for the Southern Highlands franchise with another K750, 000 sponsorship for this year.

The PRK Mendi Muruks will be coached by former Hela Wigmen’s head coach Andrew Andiki. “Muruks is a household name and a flag barrier of SHP and we will do our best this season,” Andiki said.

Meanwhile, Sakai’s appointment is also part of MRDC’s social responsibility strategy.

The other sports that MRDC oversees at board level are soccer (football) and basketball which are being headed by PRK directors John Kapi Natto and Johnny Yawari.

“It is truly a big step to have MRDC through its subsidiary PRK coming on board to help support sports. I am sure respective people in those respective sports are well versed with their roles and we would like to thank MRDC for supporting a worthy course,” said National Souths Basketball League (NSBL) President Silas Nicky.

The Digicel Cup kicks off next month.