It has been a good experience for the PNG side proving they were one of the tough teams with good results from the three games they played during the one week tournament.
This is an eye opener for the association to step up in terms of continuing our future national team preparations in future. Led by head coach Frank Farina and head of delegation, Mr. John Kapi Natto, PNG boys performed exceptionally well despite missing out on the OFC Nations Cup 2012.
“In three years time Papua New Guinea will be the host of the next South Pacific Games and it would be good to have the national teams prepare well to get gold.” Frank says.
“I think it’s realistic, PNGFA should keep the national team going for the next three years in order to get up there.” added coach Farina.
Without losing hope they gave their best as the boys went down to Solomon Islands in the opening match 2-1 and a close margin of 1-0 against New Zealand in their second match.
“Soccer in general is the world’s biggest sport. PNG is improving its standard of the game rapidly and the kind of support must be given from all stakeholders including the government to help improve the code to the next level.” says Kapi Natto who was also with the team to Honiara and arrived with the team on Monday.
“I am also bidding to host the 2016 Nation’s Cup straight after the 2015 SP Games and we need support for more international matches to keep our boys in shape to reach the highest level.” Kapi Natto who was the team manager of the PNG BSP Kundus team during the Nations Cup tournament in Honiara was impressed with the Kundus performances.
“We were put in a very strong pool where you had teams like Fiji who are the biggest threat in the Oceania region as well as New Zealand and Solomon Islands but our boys did very well by having a 1-1 draw with the Fijins and lost narrowly to New Zealand 2-1 and the Solomon Islands 1-0,” Kapi Natto said.
Tahiti will represent Oceania at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup after edging out New Caledonia 1-0 in the final of the OFC Nations Cup during a dramatic last day of action in Honiara.
The title win means they have created a piece of history by becoming the first Pacific Island team to lift Oceania’s biggest prize – the Nations Cup – and they will continue to write themselves into the record books with a debut appearance among the world’s elite in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, which is the final leg before the FIFA World Cup next year.