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PNGFA named squad for Solomon Islands tour

The lists of players were finalized following a five-day camp at the PNGFA Academy in Lae last week.

The PNG team will take part in two friendly matches against Solomon Islands Under23 team on Thursday (March 26) and Sunday (March 29) at the Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara.

This will allow for Herbert and his coaching staff to single out players for consideration for the July XV Pacific Games in Port Moresby.

Herbert, a former New Zealand spent a week with the players at the Academy, will get to see for the first time how the players handle match conditions against a team they may face during the games as well.

Assisting Herbert are assistant coaches Milan Miric and Reginald Davani, the team manager is former national coach Wesley Waiwai. The team leaves for Honiara tomorrow.

Squad list
The PNG U-23 Men’s soccer team for Solomon tour

Goalkeepers
Charles Lepani – FC Port Moresby
Ismael Pole – Hekari United

Defenders
Joshua Talau, Otto Kusunan – Besta PNG United
Abel Redenut – FC Port Moresby
Billy Nadramen – Admiralty
Felix Komolong – Madang
Ayrton Yagas – FC Port Moresby
John Ray – Besta PNG United

Midfielders
Rodney Mobiha – Admiralty
Basil Jofari – FC Port Moresby
Freddy Steven – Besta PNG United
Alwin Komolong – Madang
Jacob Sabua – Oro
Nathan James – Besta PNG United

Forwards
Tommy Semmy – Hekari United
Emmanuel Airem – Hekari United
Pettyshen Elijah – Admiralty
Patrick Aisa – Oro
Papalau Awele – Besta PNG United
Emmanuel Airem – Besta PNG United

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