LAE City Dwellers Obert Bika is an untold story of untapped rural soccer talent being a success on the national level.
The 22-year-old from Busamang village, Salamaua, Morobe, is among 25 players named in the Papua New Guinea National team for the World Cup qualifier, home and away match against Solomon Islands.
Bika may have only completed his education to sixth grade but he has proven that where one door closes, another door will open for development and progress.
The striker said having come this far from a simple village background he was determined to make the most of his chance.
“I will try my best at training and show the coach that I want to be in the team,” Bika said.
Bika is proud of his roots and being one of few representatives to originate from a village competition.
He said being in camp was a great experience and he had gained from it but his immediate goal was to his part in his club’s National Soccer league campaign.
The Salamaua man said he was not sure he would get the call up for the PNG Kapuls but thank coach Flemming Serritslev for realising his potential.
Dwellers captain Raymond Gunemba said Bika was a Mr Reliable and who gave his best every time.
“He is a keen learner and wants to improve his game and I see that during training sessions,” Gunemba said.
“Obert is a very good listener and does everything the coach and we expect of him.
Gunemba said Bika was a players’ player – someone who put the team’s interest first.
Obert is currently in camp with the PNG Kapul in Port Moresby preparing to face Solomon Islands national team on 9 June.