Oceania Football Confederation

PNG coach hails FIFA Series

Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and New Zealand have competed in the FIFA Series at tournaments in Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia and Egypt respectively, and have all hailed the initiative to give nations on the far reaches of the world more chances to test and develop themselves.

Toti City leaves for OFC Champions League

They will kick off their much anticipated opening match against AS Tefana of Tahiti on Saturday.

Coach Peter Gunemba said the team has been in camp for the past three weeks and preparation had been going well.

“We played one match in the Kumul Petroleum Holdings National Soccer League and we are working to iron out our mistakes from this game but with the help of the high performance centre, the boys’ spirits are high and looking forward to their games in New Caledonia,” he said.

OFC mourning friend and colleague

Humble, strong, generous and wise, Emmie has been a crucial cog in the success of the OFC Just Play Programme as the technical coordinator, but her work in football and this region extends much further, OFC said in a press release.

"As our colleague, we were privileged to work alongside Emmie. Her passion for football development, for gender equality, for the rights of women and children and the development of the communities she visited was unrivalled."

Kapi Natto welcomes Chung’s resignation

Chung, who is also the current President of the PNG Football Association and one of FIFA’s vice presidents, stepped down from his post this week amid accusations of corruption stemming from an audit into a multimillion-dollar project to build a new headquarters for the OFC.

At a press conference yesterday in Port Moresby, Kapi Natto said what has happened has trickled down to the outlook of football in PNG.

OFC President steps down

Chung, who has been at the helm of OFC since 2011, took the decision after much deliberation citing personal reasons.

Coach: We need to fix a lot of things

The Maurie Wasi-coached side finished last in Pool C of the OFC Champions League 2018 after a winless campaign in New Zealand.

The results:

Lautoka FC def. Madang FC 3-1

Auckland City FC def. Madang FC 5-0

AS Venus def. Madang FC 2-1

“We are good enough to go back and qualify again for next year but we need to fix a lot of things at the club and organise things professionally.

“We’ll try to get back next year with a strong enough squad and good preparation to really try to have a go at it,” said Wasi.

Madang FC beaten 5-0 by AS Magenta

AS Magenta’s Nicolas Marin booted the first and only goal of the first half from a penalty kick in the 25th minute to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

The flood gates opened up in the second half starting from the 60 minute mark when Shene Jean Francois Welepane latched onto a cross from Marin to slot the ball past Madang’s Glen Agat.

AS Magenta scored again in the 69th and 73rd minute before finishing it off with a powerful strike from Joseph Athale that beat Agat in the 85th minute and cap off an easy win.

PNG to take on New Zealand at OFC U17 championship semis

The match is scheduled to kick off at Stade Mahina on 21 February at 7pm (February 22 at 3pm, PNG time).

The OFC championship is being hosted in Tahiti from February 11-24 with eight countries participating.

PNG made it through to the semi-final after defeating hosts Tahiti 2-1 on Saturday (PNG time).

PNG coach Harrison Kamake said his side’s mentality is what drove their success.

He added the boys had the fighting spirit towards the back end of the game and their defence contributed a lot to the overall play and it helped them in the end.

Women's football loses advocate

Seen as a trailblazer for the women of Papua New Guinea, Davani featured in the first ever Papua New Guinea women’s national team in 1988 and helped them to their first Pacific Games title in 2003. In 2016 she was appointed as chairperson of the Women’s National Soccer League.

She was also the first Papua New Guinean woman to become a judge.

OFC and PNGFA President David Chung said Justice Davani’s loss will be keenly felt by the football community both locally and regionally.

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup trophy unveiled

The historical event was officiated by Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, Toursim Minister, Tobias Kulang, President of the Oceania Football Confederation, David Chung and FIFA Head of Women’s Competitions, Tatjana Haenni.

Members of the 15 teams that are coming to PNG were present to witness the unveiling.

As well as the prestigious Trophy that goes with the title, this trophy is special for Papua New Guinea because it has “FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016” engraved on the small metal plate.