Flemming Serritslev

Kapuls coach frustrated with refereeing

“The FIFA slogan is ‘My Game is Fair Play’ but unfortunately, we have not had fair play in the two last home matches.

“We have been refereed in a way that has been deciding for the match against Tahiti where David Browne was sent out. Last night, Felix Komolong was sent out in a very unfair way.

“I don’t know if referees don’t like Papua New Guineans. If they don’t do, I don’t understand it because Papua New Guineans are very humble and very polite people so there’s no reason not to like them.

Serritslev: We have to do our very best

PNG will play Solomon Islands twice in June - on the 9th and again on the 13th - in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier - OFC Stage 3.

“Solomon Islands for sure is a strong team, I watched their match when they played Tahiti beating them 1-0.

“They have good individual players. Maybe we are playing a bit more team related where as they play more individual related.

“To win in the Solomon Islands, we have to do our very best,” said Serritslev.

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.

Serritslev getting side focused

With the match now just 24 days away, Serritslev wants his team to prove their second-place finish in the OFC Nations Cup was no mere fluke.

“We did not qualify by chance. We worked for it,” he said.

“We are going to work for positive results and to go all the way.”

The Dane has called on 23 players for the upcoming camp and hopes to rely on the close-knit nature of the team to help achieve their goal.

Kapuls squad named for trials in Malaysia

Twenty players were listed for the friendly with the majority coming from the successful Kapuls team from the OFC Nations Cup earlier this year in Port Moresby.

However, among the 20 players named, the team has three debutants in Madang PNG Under 20 striker Stahl Gubag , Central Province Kalo youngster Kolu Kepo and New Zealand-based Rodney Mobiha.

The three included into the senior men’s team after being brought into the week-long camp held in Port Moresby at the beginning of this month.

Football boosted Serritslev

“This coach is God sent,” he said.

Ealedona said this when replying to a post on social media on the achievement of the PNG National Football team through PNG Kapuls coach Flemming Serritslev for creating history in football for the country in the FIFA world ranking and Oceania.

Kapuls had flourished under Danish coach and their place at 159th reinforces the success the nation has had over the past 12 months.

“The players and we in the management treat him with respect and a fatherly figure,” Ealedona said.

Kapuls prepare for 2018 World Cup campaign

PNG Kapuls Coach Flemming Serritslev has returned to their training camp in Port Moresby to start their preparations.

Skipper David Muta, forward Tommy Semmy, defenders Koriak Upaiga and Daniel Joe have been released by their club Marist FC to join the camp.

They will be joined by Michael Foster, another Papua New Guinean player who plays as a midfielder for Marist’s rival club, Malaita Kingz FC in the semi-professional Telekom S-League in the Solomon Islands.

Serritslev casts eyes over U-20s

Papua New Guinea national team coach Flemming Serritslev cast a critical gaze on the performances of players in Peter Gunemba’s U-20 side to see who might be able to step up to the senior side.

Primarily, Serritslev’s concern is succession planning so the process of transforming Papua New Guinea into a regional football force – a process which took a major step with making the final of the OFC Nations Cup in July – can continue.