The PNG Premier Men’s Basketball League is making a final call to the six franchise clubs participating in the competition to pay up or ship out as the finals draw near.
In a board meeting held early last month, the PMBL board headed by Alain Boussoungou, among other issues, agreed that all clubs pay their K10,000 registration in order for the finals to proceed.
Three clubs have fully paid their K10,000 registration fees including defending champions Kutubu Security Services Southern Flames, Moni Plus and Exodus.
Saints have only paid K2000 and are yet to settle the balance while new kids on the block Digaso Hornbills and Chariots have yet to pay the K10,000 registration fees for the season.
General secretary Kevin Teme said the league had given the franchise clubs enough time to pay up and the board will not hesitate to make a decision on whether or not they continue to the finals.
“I believe it is up to the clubs now on whether to pay up or ship out. The top four teams have been confirmed after the normal rounds. They know who they are so it is only fair to pay up to take part in the finals,” Teme said.
He said the new executives were looking towards hosting a good final this season but time was against them and they could only have a two-round competition. The four teams confirmed the top four spots are Southern Flames, Moni Plus, Saints and Exodus.
“Only three of these clubs have paid and we might be looking at putting these top three teams only to go into the finals if Saints do not pay up by this week,” Teme said.
He also acknowledged the support of John Kapi Natto and his firm, Kutubu Security Services Ltd for sponsoring the technical officials.
“Without their support, I don’t think PMBL will have its competition this year we humbly take our hats off to the Nattos for the continuous support towards sports in the country,” Teme said.
Most of the venues will be occupied by the APEC delegates at the end of this month.
With time running out, the only semi-professional basketball competition is looking to host its finals before the end of this month.