Papua New Guinea claimed first honours against Tonga in their group stage clash winning 2-0 but that will count for little heading into the final showdown. The hosts will be desperate to avenge that loss and can count on home advantage to give them an extra edge.
Key to their success will be striker Piuingi Feke who has been in fine form scoring seven goals in three matches.
Experienced midfielder Laite Si’i Manu will be unavailable through suspension but coach Lui Muavesi otherwise has a full squad to choose from.
Papua New Guinea had the luxury of resting players in their final group game against Vanuatu and still managed a resounding 11-1 victory. Captain Deslyne Siniu has been one of the players of the tournament so far and will look to control the midfield with her signature passing game against the physically dominant Tongans.
The two sides have played out some classic matches over the years including the 2007 South Pacific Games final when it took extra time for Papua New Guinea to seal a 3-1 victory.
At the same tournament four years earlier, Tonga won by the same score line – a result that then coach Muavesi remembers well and will want to repeat tomorrow. Unlike the 3rd place play-off, there will be extra-time and then penalties if the result is not decided within 90 minutes.
“We just need to keep playing our own game in terms of supporting each other and playing the ball into space. And if we keep putting away our opportunities then we know we will beat Tonga.” says Papua New Guinea captain, Deslyne Siniu.