Papua New Guinea national football team

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Papua New Guinea
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Kapuls (Cuscus)
Association Papua New Guinea Football Association
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Flemming Serritslev
Most caps Reggie Davani (23)
Top scorer Reggie Davani (15)[1]
Home stadium Hubert Murray Stadium
FIFA code PNG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 171 Decrease 1 (12 January 2017)
Highest 159 (October 2016)
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)[2]
Biggest win
 Papua New Guinea 20–0 American 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,[3][4] 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]

2017[edit]

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

The following players were called up to for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Tahiti on 23 and 28 March 2017.[5]

Caps and goals correct after match against Tahiti on 23 March 2016.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kusuga Komolong (1998-06-23) 23 June 1998 (age 18) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Madang Fox
21 1GK Ronald Warisan (1989-09-20) 20 September 1989 (age 27) 11 0 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers
23 1GK Ila David 0 0 Papua New Guinea University Inter

2 2DF Abel Redenut (1995-04-27) 27 April 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Mungkas
4 2DF Alwin Komolong (1994-11-02) 2 November 1994 (age 22) 9 0 United States Northern Kentucky University
5 2DF Felix Komolong (1997-03-06) 6 March 1997 (age 20) 11 0 New Zealand Canterbury United
15 2DF Philip Steven (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 22) 4 0 Papua New Guinea Rapatona
19 2DF Clement Willis 1 0 Papua New Guinea Mungkas
20 2DF Brad McDonald (1990-02-17) 17 February 1990 (age 27) 1 0 Unattached

8 3MF Michael Foster (1985-09-05) 5 September 1985 (age 31) 20 6 Australia Geelong SC
12 3MF Samuel Kini (1987-10-10) 10 October 1987 (age 29) 5 3 Papua New Guinea Madang Fox
13 3MF Jamie Woodlock (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 18) 0 0 New Zealand Hamilton Wanderers
14 3MF Emmanuel Simon (1992-12-25) 25 December 1992 (age 24) 10 0 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers
16 3MF Giwi Simon 0 0 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers
17 3MF Jacob Sabua (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 22) 8 0 Papua New Guinea Madang Fox
22 3MF Donovan Murray 0 0 Papua New Guinea Huawei PS United

3 4FW Richard Alois 1 0 Papua New Guinea Huawei PS United
6 4FW Patrick Aisa (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 22) 4 0 Papua New Guinea Madang Fox
7 4FW Raymond Gunemba (1989-12-10) 10 December 1989 (age 27) 14 7 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers
9 4FW Nigel Dabingyaba (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 24) 12 6 Malaysia Penang FA
10 4FW David Browne (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands Groningen
11 4FW George Slefendorfas (1987-12-09) 9 December 1987 (age 29) 1 0 Australia Geelong SC

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to represent Papua New Guinea within the last 12 months.[6]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Leslie Kalai (1984-12-06) 6 December 1984 (age 32) 7 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United v.  Malaysia, 14 November 2016
GK Ishmael Pole (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United v.  Malaysia, 14 November 2016

DF Roland Bala (1990-09-18) 18 September 1990 (age 26) 2 0 New Zealand Team Wellington v.  Malaysia, 14 November 2016
MF Stahl Gubag (1999-07-17) 17 July 1999 (age 17) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Madang Fox v.  Malaysia, 14 November 2016
DF Daniel Joe (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 26) 12 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United v.  Malaysia, 14 November 2016
DF Koriak Upaiga (1987-06-13) 13 June 1987 (age 29) 15 1 Solomon Islands Marist Fire v.  Malaysia, 14 November 2016
DF Valentine Nelson (1987-04-12) 12 April 1987 (age 29) 10 0 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers v.  Iran, 10 November 2016
DF Jeremy Yasasa (1985-03-27) 27 March 1985 (age 31) 10 2 Papua New Guinea Hekari United v.  Iran, 10 November 2016
DF Otto Kusunan (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United 2016 OFC Nations Cup

MF Kolu Kepo 1 0 Papua New Guinea Kalo v.  Malaysia, 14 November 2016
MF David Muta (Captain) (1987-10-24) 24 October 1987 (age 29) 17 1 Papua New Guinea Hekari United v.  Malaysia, 14 November 2016
MF Obert Bika (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers v.  Iran, 10 November 2016
MF Wira Wama (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 27) 5 0 United States Maranatha Baptist University v.  Malaysia, 18 June 2016
MF Papalau Awele (1995-02-01) 1 February 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Madang Fox v.  Solomon Islands, 27 March 2016

FW Tommy Semmy (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 22) 10 3 Papua New Guinea Hekari United v.  Malaysia, 14 November 2016
  • 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. ^ Hill, Simon. "Brad McDonald called up to Olyroos training camp but could still play for Papua New Guinea". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesp/png-intres.html
  3. ^ "Strikers To Play Papua New Guinea". Steve Pitman, Brisbane Strikers. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Farina's PNG aiming to defy odds". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Jakanduo, Leo. "Serritslev announced preliminary squad". PNG FA. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "PNGFA NAME MEN TRAIN-ON SQUAD". One PNG. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 

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