Hekari make up bulk of national team

A 25 member squad has been named for the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup with the bulk of players coming from Hekari United FC.

The PNG team boasts 12 players from Hekari, six from Lae City Dwellers, three each from Rapatona FC and FC Port Moresby and one from Welgris Morobe United FC.

Regulars David Muta and Koriak Upaiga from Hekari and Michael Foster, Raymond Gunemba and Nigel Dabinyaba from Dwellers will make a good team despite being rivals in the PNG National Soccer League.

The players have been called in for a three day camp in Port Moresby starting today.

The final preparation will be in Port Moresby a week before the event with the first match against New Caledonia on May 28.

The team is:

Hekari United - Ismael Pole, Felix Komolong, Sammy Cambell, Daniel Joe, Koriak Upaiga, Jeremy Yasasa, Otto Kusunan, Simon Emmanuel, David Muta, Wira Wama, Papalau Awele, Tommy Semmy;

Lae City Dwellers - Ronald Warisan, Valentine Nelson, Japhet Tiampo, Michael Foster, Raymond Gunemba, Nigel Dabinyaba;

PKA Rapatona - John Bai, Philip Steven, Patrick Aisa; FC Port Moresby - Charles Lepani, Roland Bala, Jacob Sabua; Welgris - Agi Moses

The team is coached by former Danish footballer Flemming Serritslev who took up the post on November 23 2015.

The 68-year-old captained Vejle Boldklub to three Danish Cup finals and won the league twice during his playing career.

He also spent eight years as an assistant coach with the Denmark national team, and six years in charge of the Under 21s.

Quintina Naime