By LIONEL MUNGAE
The Papua New Guinea men’s national soccer team, PNG Kapuls will play Samoa in their opening round at the Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa on the 8th of July at the football field Faleata.
While the team is currently in preparation, much have been said about the quality of the PNG Kapuls team, which head coach Bob Morris earlier this week said the team is confident of winning one of the medals that is offer at the Pacific Games.
The Kapuls are placed in pool A alongside Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand under-23 and Vanuatu in what would be a test of the nation’s credibility as a genuine contender in Pacific soccer.
The Kapuls will take on Vanuatu in their second match on the 10th of July and the final match against the Tongans on the 18th of July on the same venue.
Four overseas based players have joined the team – David Brown, Tommy Semmy, Felix Komolong and Alwin Komolong.
The teams will play a round robin in the group phase, with the top-placed teams in each group playing for gold, and the runners-up facing off for bronze.
Head coach, Bob Morris earlier in the week said players arrived in the camp on Sunday and are all excited and are betting on confidence and team work, even though they know that they have not got enough preparation time.
Morris said the PNG kapuls teams is right on scheduled with their preparations and he is confident the team is capable of springing some upsets in Apia.
PNG 23 men squad – Raymond Gunemba, Nigel Dabinyaba, Micheal Foster, Jacob Sabua, Ronald Warisan, Emmanuel Simon (Toti City), Koriak Upaiga, Patrick Aisa, Daniel Joe, Atti Kepo, Kolu Kepo, Ismael Pole (Hekari), David Browne (Auckland City), Tommy Semmy (Hamilton Wanderers), Felix Komolong (United States), Alwin Komolong (Fortuna Cologne), Jonathan Allen, Alex Kamen, Dinniget Luaine, Langarap Samol, Joshua Talau and Gregory Togubai.
Team officials: Bob Morris (head coach) Harrison Kamake (assistant coach), Gordon Manub (Team Manager), Samson Steven (Kit Manager).