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KMHL allocates five-year K15m sponsorship package to PNGRFL

Kumul Minerals Holdings Limited (KMHL) has come on board to sign a five-year sponsorship deal worth K15m with the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) on Friday, May 3rd, 2024, at Santos National Football Stadium Lounge in Port Moresby.


The sponsorship deal will see K3m being allocated to the Digicel-ExxonMobil Cup competition every season for a period of five years (2024-2028). The K15m allocation will also cover the women’s competition, which kicks off this year, as well as the PNG NRL Bid program and school development pathway right across the country.


Gracing the occasion were Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Honorable William Duma, KMHL Chairman, Dr. Ila Temu, KMHL Managing Director, Sarimu Kanu, PNGRFL CEO, Stanley Hondina and his two Directors, Lorna McPherson and Graham Osbourne, including the staff of PNGRFL and media personnel.


Minister Duma was delighted to announce the partnership and sponsorship deal with the PNGRFL on a five-year period.


“I am very pleased to be here to witness this very important occasion. From the grassroots level and even up to the Prime Minister, we will do our bit to support what we call ‘the greatest game of all’, Minister Duma said.


“They say rugby union is a game played in heaven but rugby league is the greatest game of all, as far as Papua New Guineans are concerned. Everyone regards PNG as a rugby league mad nation and it is the national sport in the country.


“And as someone who has a long association with this game, I am excited to be here to witness and sign this sponsorship deal with PNGRFL.”


KMHL Chairman, Dr. Ila Temu, shared similar sentiments and gave KMHL’s assurance to support the 13-men code in the next five years and into the future.


“KMHL is happy to be in this journey to partner with PNGRFL. This is our first time to be involved in a big way in the sporting arena and we are excited to sponsor PNGRFL to grow the game in the country,” Dr. Temu said.


“We are happy to partner with the PNGRFL to build the domestic competition and now with the introduction of women’s competition, this provides a great opportunity for our women and girls, and augurs well for an international pathway.”


PNGRFL CEO, Stanley Hondina, expressed his gratitude to Minister Duma and KMHL board for the partnership and platinum sponsorship towards the semi-professional competition.


“We are happy and excited to have Kumul Minerals Holdings Limited who is our national gold and copper company partnering with the national sport of this country, rugby league,” Hondina said.


“On behalf of my board Chairman, Sandis Tsaka and the entire rugby league family with different boards, we sincerely thank KMHL for believing in what we are doing at PNGRFL and we are thankful for the long-term partnership.”

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