PNG ticking more landmarks off
Papua New Guinean football appears to get unstoppable momentum together with the senior national team heading the charge, right now. Five years after arrived a medal in the Pacific Games – a feat achieved by the country’s U23 side.
In the past 12 months, the set of landmark accomplishments has exploded exponentially. Papua New Guinea’s senior side as they’re known – – the Kapuls won through with their maiden OFC Nations Cup, just missing an improbable ticket. PNG sponsored their maiden FIFA tournament in the type of the U20 Women’s World Cup.
Papua New Guinea’s football story started in earnest only.
PNG’s possibility was clear in the start. The Kapuls’ France 98 effort started having an outstanding first-up win over New Zealand. But PNG is one of ruralised countries on earth, which presents challenges still being felt now. Every excursion between cities that are important calls for a flight that is high-priced.
“There is plenty of ability in this nation, but the issue would be to identify them due to the state’s geography,” PNG’s Danish trainer Flemming Serritslev told FIFA.com. “You must really go to identity gifts to regions that are exceptionally regional.”
Nevertheless, it’s certainly a hurdle Serritslev – his PNG side and a sprightly septuagenarian – are beating. PNG handle Solomon Islands house and away in June, where four points against their competitors that are Melanesian will ensure passage to the OFC playoff against New Zealand.
New success, new horizons
That’s definitely been true for PNG. As an effect of last year’s high profile accomplishments in the Nations Cup, numerous national team players than any OFC island nation – are actually plying their trade abroad.
There was plenty of focus on our players, and that continues to be great ” said Serritslev. “It will work for the players to play in a league that is more powerful than we’ve here, therefore it is great they get tested every week and also what’re longer leagues.”
Another challenge, after this year, aside from World Cup results, is going to be to continue the upward trajectory. “I trust we may continue to develop the team matches in windows that were international,” Serritslev said.