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 Michael Foster
Reggie Davani (23)
Top scorer Reggie Davani (15)[1]
Home stadium Hubert Murray Stadium
FIFA code PNG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 159 Increase 6 (16 October 2017)
Highest 153 (June 2017)
Lowest 206 (October–November 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 162 Steady (28 May 2017)
First international
 Fiji 3–1 Papua New Guinea
(Suva, Fiji; 29 August 1963)[2]
Biggest win
Papua New Guinea 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
Papua New Guinea national football team
Medal record
Pacific Games
Bronze medal – third place 1969 Port Moresby Team
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Nouméa Team
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Port Moresby Team

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 153, in June 2017. 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 Pos Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930United States 1994 Did not participate Did not participate
France 1998 Did not qualify 3rd 6 2 1 3 5 13
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not participate Did not participate
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 3rd 4 2 1 1 17 6
South Africa 2010 Disqualified Disqualified
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify 4th 3 0 1 2 2 4
Russia 2018 3rd 9 3 3 3 19 13
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/20 22 7 6 9 43 36

* 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
Australia 1996French Polynesia 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
2020 To be determined
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 Solomon Islands on 9 and 13 June 2017.

Caps and goals correct after match against Solomon Islands on 9 June 2017.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kusuga Komolong (1998-06-23) 23 June 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Papua New Guinea University Inter
20 1GK Luke Kaprangi (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Huawei PS United
21 1GK Ila David (1992-06-11) 11 June 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Papua New Guinea University Inter
23 1GK Ronald Warisan (1989-09-20) 20 September 1989 (age 28) 14 0 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers

2 2DF Abel Redenut (1995-04-17) 17 April 1995 (age 22) 4 0 Papua New Guinea Mungkas
4 2DF Alwin Komolong (1994-11-02) 2 November 1994 (age 23) 12 0 Germany Stuttgarter Kickers
5 2DF Felix Komolong (1997-03-06) 6 March 1997 (age 20) 14 0 United States Northern Kentucky University
13 2DF Roland Bala (1990-09-18) 18 September 1990 (age 27) 2 0 New Zealand Southern United
15 2DF Philip Steven (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 22) 4 0 Papua New Guinea Rapatona
19 2DF Clement Willis (1993-01-21) 21 January 1993 (age 24) 4 0 Papua New Guinea Mungkas

6 3MF Patrick Aisa (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 23) 7 2 New Zealand Hamilton Wanderers
8 3MF Michael Foster (1985-09-05) 5 September 1985 (age 32) 23 7 Australia Geelong SC
14 3MF Emmanuel Simon (1992-12-25) 25 December 1992 (age 24) 13 0 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers
16 3MF Obert Bika (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 24) 3 0 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers
17 3MF Jacob Sabua (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 23) 11 0 Solomon Islands Malaita Kingz
18 3MF Stahl Gubag (1999-07-17) 17 July 1999 (age 18) 2 0 Papua New Guinea Madang Fox
22 3MF Donovan Murray (1993-05-23) 23 May 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Huawei PS United

3 4FW Richard Alois (1995-10-17) 17 October 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Papua New Guinea Huawei PS United
7 4FW Raymond Gunemba (1986-06-04) 4 June 1986 (age 31) 17 9 Solomon Islands Henderson Eels
9 4FW Nigel Dabingyaba (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 25) 14 6 Malaysia Penang FA
10 4FW David Browne (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 21) 3 0 Netherlands FC Groningen

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to represent Papua New Guinea within the last 12 months.[5]

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 Brad McDonald (1990-02-17) 17 February 1990 (age 27) 1 0 Philippines Davao Aguilas v.  Tahiti, 28 March 2017
DF Daniel Joe (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 27) 12 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United v.  Malaysia, 14 November 2016
DF Koriak Upaiga (1987-06-13) 13 June 1987 (age 30) 15 1 Solomon Islands Marist Fire v.  Malaysia, 14 November 2016
DF Valentine Nelson (1987-04-12) 12 April 1987 (age 30) 10 0 Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers v.  Iran, 10 November 2016
DF Jeremy Yasasa (1985-03-27) 27 March 1985 (age 32) 10 2 Papua New Guinea Hekari United v.  Iran, 10 November 2016

MF Giwi Simon (1997-07-03) 3 July 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Besta United v.  Tahiti, 28 March 2017
MF David Muta (Captain) (1987-10-24) 24 October 1987 (age 30) 17 1 Solomon Islands Henderson Eels v.  Malaysia, 14 November 2016
MF Kolu Kepo 1 0 Papua New Guinea Kalo v.  Malaysia, 14 November 2016

FW Tommy Semmy (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 23) 10 3 New Zealand Hamilton Wanderers 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]

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