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 Denmark Flemming Serritslev
Most caps Richard Daniel (17)[1]
Top scorer Reggie Davani (15)[1][2]
Home stadium Hubert Murray Stadium
FIFA code PNG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 164 Steady (11 August 2016)
Highest 160 (June 2004)
Lowest 206 (October–November 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 165 (15 June 2016)
First international
 Fiji 3–1 Papua New Guinea
(Suva, Fiji; 29 August 1963)[3]
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 4 (First in 1980)
Best result Runners-up, 2016

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,[4][5] which is Tok Pisin for Cuscus.

Papua New Guinea's highest ever FIFA ranking was 160, in June 2004. 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 2015 Pacific Games saw them return to the rankings, and they competed in the 2016 OFC Nations Cup in June 2016.

Achievements[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not participate
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998 Did not qualify 6 2 1 3 5 13
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not participate
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 17 6
South Africa 2010 Disqualified*
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify 3 0 1 2 2 4
Russia 2018 To be determined 5 2 3 0 13 4
Qatar 2022
Total 18 6 6 6 37 27

* 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
New Zealand 1973 Did not enter
New Caledonia 1980 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 6 22
1996 to 2000 Did not qualify
New Zealand 2002 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 12
Australia 2004 Did not qualify
2008 Did not enter
Solomon Islands 2012 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 4
Papua New Guinea 2016 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 3* 0 13 4
Total Runners-up 1/9 14 3 5* 6 23 42
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

South Pacific Games record[edit]

South Pacific Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Fiji 1963 1st round 5th 1 0 0 1 1 3
New Caledonia 1966 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 0 3 14 14
Papua New Guinea 1969 Third Place 3rd 6 3 1 2 11 10
French Polynesia 1971 Fourth Place 4th 3 1 1 1 19 11
Guam 1975 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 3 9
Fiji 1979 Quarter-Finals 5th 3 1 1 1 15 3
Samoa 1983 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 0 3 22 10
New Caledonia 1987 Third Place 3rd 6 3 2 1 26 4
Papua New Guinea 1991 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 2
French Polynesia 1995 Group stage 6th 3 1 1 1 11 5
Fiji 2003 Group stage 6th 4 1 1 2 12 7
Samoa 2007 Disqualified
New Caledonia 2011 Group stage 6th 4 2 1 1 22 4
Papua New Guinea 2015 See Papua New Guinea national under-23 football team
Total Third Place 12/13 43 15 9 19 159 82

Results and fixtures[edit]

2016[edit]

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2016 OFC Nations Cup, and the friendly against Malaysia. [6]

Caps and goals correct after match against Malaysia on 17 June 2016.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ismael Pole (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
20 1GK Ronald Warisan (1989-09-20) 20 September 1989 (age 26) 8 0 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers
23 1GK Leslie Kalai (1984-12-06) 6 December 1984 (age 31) 7 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
2 2DF Daniel Joe (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 26) 10 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
3 2DF Valentine Nelson (1987-04-12) 12 April 1987 (age 29) 10 0 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers
5 2DF Felix Komolong (1997-03-06) 6 March 1997 (age 19) 8 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
13 2DF Roland Bala (1990-09-18) 18 September 1990 (age 25) 1 0 Papua New Guinea FC Port Moresby
15 2DF Philip Steven (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 21) 3 0 Papua New Guinea Rapatona
16 2DF Jeremy Yasasa (1985-03-27) 27 March 1985 (age 31) 10 2 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
19 2DF Koriak Upaiga (1987-06-13) 13 June 1987 (age 29) 13 1 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
21 2DF Sammie Campbell (1986-07-27) 27 July 1986 (age 30) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
22 2DF Otto Kusunan (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
4 3MF Alwin Komolong (1994-11-02) 2 November 1994 (age 21) 6 0 United States Northern Kentucky University
8 3MF Michael Foster (1985-09-05) 5 September 1985 (age 30) 17 6 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers
10 3MF Obert Bika (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers
11 3MF Wira Wama (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 26) 5 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
12 3MF David Muta (Captain) (1987-10-24) 24 October 1987 (age 28) 15 1 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
14 3MF Emmanuel Simon (1992-12-25) 25 December 1992 (age 23) 7 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
17 3MF Jacob Sabua (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Papua New Guinea FC Port Moresby
6 4FW Patrick Aisa (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Papua New Guinea Rapatona
7 4FW Raymond Gunemba (1989-12-10) 10 December 1989 (age 26) 12 7 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers
9 4FW Nigel Dabingyaba (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 23) 9 3 Australia Western Pride
18 4FW Tommy Semmy (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 21) 8 3 Solomon Islands Marist Fire

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to represent Papua New Guinea within the last 12 months.[7]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK John Bai 0 0 Papua New Guinea Rapatona 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
GK Charles Lepani (1994-08-20) 20 August 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Papua New Guinea FC Port Moresby 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
DF Brad McDonald (1990-02-17) 17 February 1990 (age 26) 1 0 Australia Central Coast Mariners 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
DF John Ray (1997-01-21) 21 January 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Besta United PNG 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
DF Joshua Talau (1996-04-19) 19 April 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
MF Papalau Awele (1995-02-01) 1 February 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
MF Brendan Beni (1984-06-06) 6 June 1984 (age 32) 0 0 Hong Kong Hong Kong FC 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
MF Gimale Essecu (1997-12-31) 31 December 1997 (age 18) 0 0 Australia Canberra City FC 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
MF Troy Gunemba (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
MF Nathan James 0 0 Papua New Guinea Besta United PNG 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
MF Vanya Malagian (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 24) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Besta United PNG 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
MF Jordan Seeto 0 0 Australia Richmond SC 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
MF Darren Steven (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Madang Fox 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
FW Emmanuel Airem (1994-11-22) 22 November 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
FW David Browne (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands FC Groningen 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
FW Niel Hans (1988-04-24) 24 April 1988 (age 28) 8 5 Papua New Guinea FC Port Moresby 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
FW Harry Hillary-Jenkins 0 0 New Zealand Papakura City FC 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
FW Basil Jofari (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Papua New Guinea FC Port Moresby 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
FW Rodney Mobiha (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 22) 0 0 New Zealand Birkenhead United 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
FW Jamal Seeto (1990-09-08) 8 September 1990 (age 25) 3 0 Papua New Guinea Besta United PNG 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
FW George Slefendorfas (1987-12-09) 9 December 1987 (age 28) 1 0 Australia FC Bendigo 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
FW Mauri Wasi (1982-09-06) 6 September 1982 (age 33) 12 3 New Zealand Birkenhead United 2016 OFC Nations CupPRE
  • INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • PRE Preliminary squad
  • RET Retired from the national team

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Soccer: the Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing. April 19, 2010. p. 108. ISBN 978-0756663186. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Hill, Simon. "Brad McDonald called up to Olyroos training camp but could still play for Papua New Guinea". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesp/png-intres.html
  4. ^ "Strikers To Play Papua New Guinea". Steve Pitman, Brisbane Strikers. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Farina's PNG aiming to defy odds". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Home advantage vital for PNG". Oceania Football Confederation. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "PNGFA NAME MEN TRAIN-ON SQUAD". One PNG. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 

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