BASKETBALL The Basketball Federation of PNG must revive some of its major national events such as the National premier club championship, the National All Stars and Regional titles. Basketball followers and member associations around the country are calling on the current executives headed by President Nick Daroa, to revive these national events that draw a lot of interest and following across PNG. The call was made by Snax Unitech Bulls Basketball Club president Nelson Thom following successful talks that paved the way for a friendly exhibition match between five-time champions of the Lae Basketball Association, Butibam Bees and six-time champions of Port Moresby Premier Men’s Basketball League KSS Southern Flames. It is believed the non-existence of these national events for a good number of years has been widely criticized, adding the BFPNG had done little to revive those events and was killing the code. It was also revealed that the BFPNG had promised MAs at an annual general meeting held at the Taurama Aquatic Center earlier this year that those events were going to be held but until today, it has never eventuated. “(The) BFPNG promised us that they will bring back the National Premier Club championship, the National All Stars and the regional titles but this has never eventuated,” National Souths Basketball League president Silas Nicky said. Thom, who once enjoyed the glamour days participating in those national events, said: “It will be good to see the BFPNG bringing those national events back on their calendar and making it work.” He is also excited that the two champion teams from Port Moresby and Lae will face off in an exhibition match to see the champion basketball team in the country. The challenge will coincide with the National Souths Basketball League tournament in Lae next week with a return match expected to be held in Port Moresby next year. Local organising committee for Flames basketball club Stanley Khana also confirmed that the match will go ahead as planned next Saturday and everyone’s looking forward to the challenge.