PNG Kapuls

PNG Kapuls defeat Tahiti 2-1 to keep World Cup hopes alive

Both sides had their fair chances of scoring but neither team was able to find the back of the net leaving the score at nil-all going into the break.

Returning from suspension, PNG’s striker Raymond Gunemba made his presence felt in a big way, firstly from his corner kick that found its mark through Patrick Aisa who headed the ball between two defenders and around goalkeeper Mikael Roche to break the deadlock in the 62nd minute.

Ten minutes later, Aisa returned the favour flicking the ball to Gunemba who curled it over Roche to put PNG in front at 2-0.

PNG Kapuls to play Tahiti again

PNG’s first game saw them go down to Tahiti 3-1 at the Sir John Guise Stadium last night.

Tuesday’s match will be played at Stade Pater in Pirae, Tahiti, in French Polynesia.

Tahiti sit on top of the pool after two wins from three games while the Solomon Islands are in second with one win and one loss. PNG brings up the rear being winless so far.

The current standings in Group B:

Tahiti (6), Solomon Islands (3), PNG (0).

Serritslev praises side despite 3-1 loss

Playing with 10 men after the 22nd minute, PNG took a 1-0 lead at the break, but conceded three goals in the second half.

“It was a deserved win. They had more chances than we had.

“On the other hand, I have to praise my players for a strong physical performance being down to 10 men for I think 70-75 minutes. I think they fought the best they could,” said Serritslev.

Serritslev said PNG felt the hard pressure from Tahiti towards the back end of the game.

PNG go down to Tahiti 3-1

Both teams started strongly, but it was PNG who had more chances in the opening exchanges in front of a home crowd of 4, 209 spectators.

A foul on Patrick Aisa in the 9th minute presented PNG an opportunity to score and hit the lead.

Lining the ball up to take the kick just outside the penalty box, Netherlands-based striker, David Browne’s attempt just soared centimetres over the cross bar.

PNG newfound belief to be tested by Tahitians tomorrow

The PNG Kapuls will be banking on home crowd support to upset the much fancy Tahitians in the first leg of the Group B FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier. 

The return match will be played in Papeete, Tahiti on March 28.

PNG men’s team had been overshadowed by the women’s performance for a long time.

The PNG women’s are the Queens of Pacific soccer with consecutive Pacific Games Gold Medals to prove their supremacy.   

PNG Kapuls preparations boosted

PNG Kapuls will feature in the OFC Stage 3 playoffs and take on Tahiti on the 23rd of March in Port Moresby.

Serritslev announces preliminary squad to play Tahiti

PNG senior men’s coach Flemming Serritslev on Monday announced his preliminary squad for the first match against Tahiti in Port Moresby at Sir John Guise Stadium.

Drawn in Group B with Tahiti and Solomon Island, PNG will be out to prove to both teams that beating them at home in the OFC Nations Cup last year is not by mistake.

PNG started off their preparation last month with the first training camp on the 25 January and the second training camp will be at the end of this month.

Hekari players come out clear on their stand

In a press conference yesterday in Port Moresby, Muta put it simply that the exodus of the nine Hekari players was to show their grievances over the current administration of football in the country.

“I want to make it clear that we didn’t step down from the national team because our sponsors John and Vonnie Kapi Natto told us to.

“We stepped down because we the players see that something really big is not right in the PNG Football Association (PNGFA).

PNG senior men’s team go into camp

With the kick-off for the first match a month away, Serritslev wants his players to get the little things right and understand their role in the game.

He has drafted six new players into the squad as they prepare for the OFC Stage 3 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers.

PNG Kapuls will meet Tahiti in the first match in March 23 in Port Moresby.

Serritslev said the new players are Samuel Kini, Emmanuel Airem, Greg Togubai, Sammy Campbell, Stahl Gubag and Kolu Kepo.

Kapuls players return after SI stint

The Marist F.C boys: David Muta, Tommy Semmy, Koriak Upaiga and Daniel Joe, have flown in today after the return of Michael Foster last week.

Foster was the first to return after his club, Malaita Kingz FC, bowed out of the league at 4th placing, which was the best ever placing for the club.

The boys have greatly impacted the respective teams they played for.

For the four Marist FC boys, the Solomon soccer fans saluted them off with honour as they aided Marist Fire FC to be crowned the champions of the Telekom S-League once again after 6 years.