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Games could be a qualifier

OFC and PNG Football Association (PNGFA) president David Chung said they did away with this as a qualifying event in the past, but may now reconsider their position. Chung said they were still deliberating the issue.

“If it happens the winner could be given a chance to play a one-off home and away match with regional champions New Zealand to qualify for the next Olympic Games,” Chung said.

Chung said the ball was back in the court of the Pacific Games organisers. He confirmed that the PNGFA would facilitate the running of the competition for the Pacific Games.

Chung said the organisers needed to provide enough funding to run a FIFA standard competition.

“The PNGFA has been given K100,000 to administer the competition, but that is clearly not enough to stage a men’s and women’s competition.”

In regards to the national sides, Chung said for the women’s team, who are defending the gold medal for the fourth straight time, the PNGFA had recruited Gary Philips of Australia to assist national coach Frederica Sakette for the forthcoming OFC Nations Cup.

The Nations Cup will be staged from October 25-29 in Lae, Papua New Guinea.

Chung said the men’s team did not have any games secured, but he was working on confirming a verbal invite from Singapore as well as other potential avenues to ensure the team had games under its belt before the Pacific Games.

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