Posted By Staff Reporter
Inform PNG Kumuls and current diminutive hooker for Kemele Construction Hela Wigmen Charlie Wabo will write down his name in the history book of PNGRFL to be one of the players in the Digicel Cup playing his sixth grand final appearance this weekend.
Something positive about this Goroka Lad is that he has the winning spirit and his positive approach to training and game time is something not many has.
Wabo has made four grand final appearance with Mendi Muruks, three in which he won while one he lost against the Gurias, one with the Vipers last year and this will be his sixth grand final apperance now with Wigmen.
While rumors have been going around that Wabo and veteran lock forward or second rower Joseph Omai will retire at the end of this season is now confirmed not true.
In an interview with Omai and Wabo this week confirmed that they both had some more years to go and lead the young Hela boys before considering retiring.
For Wabo in particular he still has more in his engine room to keep him going for five more years. Only at the tender age of 29, Wabo who was upset over the rumors said that because he had played consistent football both on representative and intercity level, that doesn’t guarantee one to tell him to retire so soon.
Wabo and Omai as well as other senior players like George Moni, Felix Tangue have helped and direct the young Wigmen to come this far and now with just two days remaining before the big game against the Agmark Gurias in Lae is a dream come true for many.
But most fans including the coaching staff and management are still shock over the Wigmen’s maiden grand final appearance this Sunday.
“We have nothing to lose. We never thought that we will come this far and since we have we are all prepared to face the battle against the Gurias,” Wigmen’s debutant step in coach Andrew Andiki Johns said.
For Wabo, it was his aim just like what he did with last year’s premiers Port Moresby Stop n Shop Vipers where he led them to their first premiership title after more than a decade.
“ I have always wanted to win games and playing in this grand final for most of our boys will be a challenge but the seniors boys in the team like Omae, Tangue and Moni as well as myself with try to provide that leadership,” Wabo said.
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