Home-grown player secures NZ spot

PNG football international, Patrick Aisa, is the latest home-grown player to secure a contract with Hamilton Wanderers of New Zealand.

Hamilton Wanderers are preparing for the upcoming national league football season, drawing on coach Ricki Herbert’s past connections.

Patrick Aisa left for New Zealand last Monday, joining countryman Tommy Semmy, who are both on board with Wanderers for the 2017-18 ISPS Handa Premiership.

The 23-year-old, who has made six impressive appearances for the PNG national team, caught the eye of Herbert during his coaching stint with the PNG Under-23 team in 2015.

Unlike many of his Kapul teammates, Aisa wasn’t born into a family of football, but was eager to pave his own pathway in sport.

PNG men’s national coach Flemming Serritslev’s advice to Aisa was simple; keep working hard.

Serritslev said the New Zealand league is a very physical league, which is good for Patrick’s development but that would depend on how hard he worked at training and in learning the game at the professional level.

(Patrick Aisa – Picture: Papua New Guinea Football Association)

Sophie Yaruso