At the National Football Stadium yesterday in Port Moresby, Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL) announced its agreement with the PNG Rugby Football League for platinum level sponsorship of the national team, the PNGLNG Kumuls.
Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited Managing Director Wapu Sonk explained, “We are more than happy to support the development of the national rugby league side in its future endeavours to progress the code in the region and internationally.”
“Kumul Petroleum will be supporting the PNGLNG Kumuls to the tune of K1 million a year from 2022 to 2024, a total of just over K3 million. I hope that our contribution will serve as an example to other corporate entities to also step up to support our national team.”
The platinum level sponsorship includes the placement of the KPHL logo on players’ shirts, team signage, merchandise and other promotional materials.
“Rugby league at all levels has a tremendous following throughout Papua New Guinea and this platinum sponsorship of the PNGLNG Kumuls is in some ways, a natural continuation of Kumul Petroleum’s ongoing support of a number of sporting codes in the country, including of course the Kroton Hela Wigmen rugby league team,” Mr Sonk added.
Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League Chief Executive Officer Mr Stanley Hondina, said that on behalf of the PNGRFL Board Chairman Sandis Tsaka, and the entire board, they are delighted by the support KPHL has shown to the game and embrace the support especially on an important Rugby League World Cup year.
“KPHL are a whole of the game partner to PNGRFL and has invested a lot in the growth and development of the game both domestically and internationally.”
“The recent PNGLNG Kumuls’ victory over Fiji Batis is an indication of such investments by partners who help us to deliver such results.”
“We welcome KPHL onboard again, and we are looking forward to delivering results that will be appreciated by all stakeholders in our game, especially during the World Cup at the end of the year. We also extend our appreciation to KPHL’s Managing Director Wapu Sonk, and his Board, for the confidence they have in our national team and the support provided, that will greatly assist us to prepare and attend the tournament.”