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PNG Men’s coach, Frank Farina wants more games before Noumea

He said the Telikom National Soccer League has helped to keep PNG players in good shape and fitness at the local and domestic level but they need to have more international games to gauze their abilities and fitness at that level as well.

With the National Soccer League wrapping up its season five, Frank believe he will is already seeing the boys to represent PNG with good talents. He said the main thing that affects the pacific islands region is the lack of full time professional coaching which the rest of the world has the opportunity. “If other countries can do it, so can PNG if they are given the same opportunity”

The former Socceroos coach was in Port Moresby last week Saturday where he watched the NSL semi finals. Farina said they will look at playing some international matches before going to New Caledonia so that that the players blend in as a team to play at the international level.

“It’s a difficult for any country with no much competition in the international level and PNG hasn’t been playing any games lately,” said Farina. “We will have some lead up games before we go for the Pacific Games,” he said.

Farina did not say which countries he would like PNG to play these matches with but his intentions are clear. He believes that there are quality players in PNG and the Pacific but all they need is better training and more international matches.

“Football is football, wherever in the world it is played.“Places like in Europe and America, they play full-time professional football so that’s why it makes them more competitive,” he said.

The national squad has not been selected yet but Farina said that they will be doing that after the NSL grand final next week. About 30 to 40 players will be selected before being trimmed down to the final 23 to travel for the Games.

There is less than four months before the games in Noumea but Farina said, they will not be rushing. “From my experience with the Socceroos, you do not appoint a team four or 6 months out because you could lose them to injury, fitness and other commitments.

“We will wait and select the team after the NSL finals, we have enough time to prepare so we won’t be rushing at the last minute,” Farina said.

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