The Kundus, participating in the regional tournament after an eight-year absence on international scene, drew with Fiji 1 -1 and lost to New Zealand 2 – 1 and the host Solomon Islands 1 – 0.
THey finished forth in Group B which was the toughest pool.
The other group has Tahiti, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Samoa.
“Our team perfromed very well against very strong opponents, New Zealand we scored a goal missed a nuimber of very good opportunities in front of goal. The All Whites are a champion side, so we can hold our headds up high for an effort full of quality as pointed out by experts who watched the game.”
“Against Fiji, the match was there for us to take, but we lacked the cutting edge in front of the goal mouth when the opportunities presented themselves. I must congratulate ouur boys on a fine effort. The quality of your performance on the field has done up proud. You are worthyu ambassadors for your country,” O’Niel said.
he also commended the team management under head coach Frank Farina.
“Farina has done a wonderful job in a short time, and I would encourage the governing body of football in PNG to consider retaining his services fore a longer term. Our government stands ready to assist where we can in this regard.
“I am confident things can only get better from here on for PNG soccer,” O’Niel said.
“I thought we got better as the tournament wore on but unfortunitely we rean out of games. IN general, I am very pleased with the team’s performance after 10 years of not being in the Nations Cup.”