President David Chung said the PNG Games will be a wonderful opportunity for all sports to identify talent and for football it will not want to miss this opportunity to pick out exceptional talent as PNG Football wants to win Gold in the Pacific Games and be successful in the 2016 Men’s OFC Nations Cup which is a qualifier to the 2018 World Cup.
“Our women senior team has done well in the recent OFC Women’s Nations Cup and is the undisputed queens of football in the Pacific Games but we cannot rest on our laurel and think that we can win always.
“Training and plans for some overseas trips for the women are in place. Our senior men are in training and embarked on some friendly games overseas.”
“We have missed out on the silverware for some years and we want to bounce back on home ground therefore building our men’s national team is our focus.”
Chung said the PNGFA has appointed football advocate Joseph Ealedona as the Technical Director of football in the PNG Games and also as the football sports competition manager in the 2015 Pacific Games to assist begin that process.
“Ealedona recently assisted the Oceania Football Confederation in the successful Women’s Nations Cup in Kokopo and it is our desire to bring and strengthen international standards in football to the PNG Games and work forward towards bringing the standards further down to the provinces and districts. His team will also run the PNG National Soccer League competition.”