Assistant coach for the Papua New Guinea men’s soccer team, Milan Miric said, PNGFA was now looking to start shaping the best team for the tournament with the first training.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia may be miles away but the race for the Oceania spot will get underway in 2016 with eight teams having been drawn into two round-robin groups of four teams.
The teams will compete for the OFC Nations Cup, a one off tournament in a yet to be determine location.
Group A features 2012 OFC Nations Cup champions Tahiti, and runner-up New Caledonia as well as the Preliminary winners and Papua New Guinea. Group B consists of regional heavyweights New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu.
The training squad:
Port Moresby – John Bai, Roland Bala, Daniel Joe, Michael Foster, David Muta, Jamal Seeto and Patrick Aisa;
Lae – Ronald Warisan, Ismael Pole, Jeremy Yasasa, Valentine Nelson, Agi Moses, Joshua Talau, Eluda Fugre, Jacob Sabua, Emmanuel Simon, Nigel Dabinyaba, Raymond Gunemba and Semmy Hiob;
Madang – Niel Hans, Darren Steven, Vanya Malagian, Hanson Topio, Papalau Awele and Emmanuel Airem;
Wau – Otto Kusunan, Peter Yang and Tommy Semmy;
Mt Hagen – Koriak Upaiga;
Manus – Eliuda Pohei.