Nearing the end of his senior year at Northern Kentucky University, Papua New Guinea international Alwin Komolong was honoured prior to their match against Detroit Mercy during a Senior Night ceremony on Saturday.
The humble defender was blown away by the acknowledgement from his NKU teammates and coach John Basalyga.
“All these guys had a really big impact on me and my time here,” he said.
“They made it emotional for me, seeing them behind me before the game and in the locker room, it gives me goose bumps every time I think of it.”
The acknowledgement was well-deserved according to Basalyga, who has enjoyed watching Komolong grow and develop as a player during his time at the university.
“He’s one of those kids who’s really quiet in the locker room. He’s a good leader, but he’s a quiet leader. He leads by example,” Basalyga said.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked of him for the three years he’s been here. I wish we had another year with him because I think he’d really blossom even more,” he added.
“I’m going to miss him. He’s a very goal-minded kid and he’s exactly what this programme needs.”
Komolong credits his performance to the endless support provided by his fellow teammates and management team.
“I’ve had great support through my injuries and everything.”
“I’ve had medical support, I’ve had John Basalyga here motivating me along the line, and it’s a family atmosphere.
“I think that’s the biggest thing I’ll take away from this.”
Although his time with NKU is drawing to an end, his university degree on top of years of experience in international football provide the 21-year-old Papua New Guinean a world of opportunity as he enters the next chapter of his career.
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