Papua New Guinea national football team

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Papua New Guinea
Nickname(s) Kapuls (Cuscus)
Association Papua New Guinea Football Association
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach New Zealand Wynton Rufer
Home stadium Hubert Murray Stadium
FIFA code PNG
FIFA ranking 194 Steady
Highest FIFA ranking 160 (June 2004)
Lowest FIFA ranking 203 (July 2009)
Elo ranking 171
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Fiji 3–1 Papua New Guinea Australia
(Suva, Fiji; 29 August 1963)[1]
Biggest win
 Papua New Guinea 20–0 Am. Samoa 
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 15 December 1987)
Biggest defeat
 Australia 11–2 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 26 February 1980)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1980)
Best result Round 1: 1980, 2002, 2012

The Papua New Guinea national football team is the national team of Papua New Guinea and is controlled by the Papua New Guinea Football Association. Its nickname is the Kapuls,[2][3] which is Tok Pisin for Cuscus.

Papua New Guinea's highest ever FIFA ranking was 160, in June 2004. As of April 2013, the country was ranked 194. This was down two places from March 2013.[4] Papua New Guinea had previously left the FIFA rankings, having not competed in a match between July 2007 and August 2011. Their matches at the 2011 Pacific Games saw them return to the rankings, and they competed in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup in June 2012.

Papua New Guinea all-time record[edit]

As of 10 July 2011
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD  % Won
 American Samoa 2 2 0 0 20 0 +20 100%
 Australia 1 0 0 1 2 11 −9 0%
 China PR 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3 0%
 Fiji 15 2 4 9 14 28 −14 13.33%
 Indonesia 2 0 0 2 2 19 −17 0%
 Liberia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 Malaysia 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4 0%
 New Zealand 3 1 0 2 2 16 −14 33.33%
 Samoa 3 3 0 0 14 2 +12 100%
 Solomon Islands 11 0 4 7 9 20 −11 0%
 Tahiti 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0%
 Thailand 1 0 0 1 0 7 −7 0%
 Tonga 2 1 1 0 7 2 +5 50%
 Vanuatu 12 4 3 5 15 20 −5 33.33%
Total 57 16 13 28 91 117 −26 28.07%

Results[edit]

Latest matches:

2 June 2012
15:00 UTC+11
Solomon Islands  1 – 0  Papua New Guinea
Totori Goal 5' Report
Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
4 June 2012
12:00 UTC+11
Papua New Guinea  1 – 2  New Zealand
Hans Goal 89' (pen.) Report Smeltz Goal 2'
Wood Goal 52'
Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Bruce George (Vanuatu)
6 June 2012
12:00 UTC+11
Papua New Guinea  1 – 1  Fiji
Jack Goal 85' Report Dunadamu Goal 13'
Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Kader Zitouni (Tahiti)

 Papua New Guinea finished bottom of four teams and failed to progress to the knockout stage.

World Cup record[edit]

  • 1930 to 1994Did not enter
  • 1998Did not qualify
  • 2002Did not enter
  • 2006Did not qualify
  • 2010Disqualified*
  • 2014Did not qualify
  • 2018 – TBD

* Although initially listed by FIFA as having entered the 2010 World Cup, PNG did not enter the football tournament at the 2007 South Pacific Games, which was used as the preliminary round of the Oceanian zone qualification tournament.

Oceania Nations Cup record[edit]

OFC Nations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1973 Did not enter
1980 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 6 22
1996 to 2000 Did not qualify
2002 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 12
2004 Did not qualify
2008 Did not enter
2012 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 4
Total Group stage 3/9 9 1 2 6 10 38

South Pacific Games record[edit]

Wantok Cup record[edit]

List of coaches[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Caps and goals as of 1 July 2012.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Leslie Kalai (1984-12-06) 6 December 1984 (age 29) 6 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
20 1GK Godfrey Baniau (1979-02-22) 22 February 1979 (age 35) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
23 1GK Paul Kawik (1982-05-04) 4 May 1982 (age 32) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Eastern Stars
2 2DF Kila Iaravai (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
3 2DF Valentine Nelson (1987-04-12) 12 April 1987 (age 27) 7 0 Papua New Guinea Tukoko University Lae FC
4 2DF Daniel Joe (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
5 2DF Kelly Jampu (1986-08-22) 22 August 1986 (age 27) 4 0 Papua New Guinea Eastern Stars
13 2DF Andrew Lepani (1979-08-28) 28 August 1979 (age 34) 12 5 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
16 2DF Jeremy Yasasa (1985-05-27) 27 May 1985 (age 29) 7 2 Papua New Guinea Eastern Stars
19 2DF Koriak Upaiga (1987-06-13) 13 June 1987 (age 27) 4 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
6 3MF Samuel Kini (1986-10-10) 10 October 1986 (age 27) 5 3 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
8 3MF Michael Foster (1985-09-05) 5 September 1985 (age 28) 7 1 Papua New Guinea Eastern Stars
12 3MF David Muta (1987-10-24) 24 October 1987 (age 26) 6 1 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
14 3MF Neil Hans (1987-04-24) 24 April 1987 (age 27) 3 1 Papua New Guinea Madang Fox
17 3MF Mauri Wasi (1982-12-06) 6 December 1982 (age 31) 11 3 New Zealand Birkenhead United
18 3MF Eric Komeng (1984-06-16) 16 June 1984 (age 30) 7 1 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
21 3MF Roland Conn (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Tukoko University Lae FC
22 3MF Wira Wama (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 24) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
7 4FW Raymond Gunemba (1986-06-04) 4 June 1986 (age 28) 3 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
9 4FW Kema Jack (1982-01-10) 10 January 1982 (age 32) 3 1 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
10 4FW Reginald Davani (1980-02-05) 5 February 1980 (age 34) 23 15 Papua New Guinea Morobe Kumuls
11 4FW Felix Bondaluke (1986-12-10) 10 December 1986 (age 27) 2 1 Papua New Guinea Eastern Stars
15 4FW Jamal Seeto (1990-09-08) 8 September 1990 (age 23) 2 0 Papua New Guinea Besta PNG
24 4FW Alwin Komolong (1994-11-02) 2 November 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Besta PNG

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesp/png-intres.html
  2. ^ "Strikers To Play Papua New Guinea". Steve Pitman, Brisbane Strikers. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Farina’s PNG aiming to defy odds". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 

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