After serving a one match ban from a foul in the match against Tahiti on the 23 March 2017, David Browne is delighted to be cleared by FIFA Disciplinary Committee to play when the Kapuls face Solomon Islands on the 9 June 2017.
The 21-year-old made his senior international debut as the Kapuls on the 23 March in Port Moresby against Tahiti but his frame of debut as the Kapuls was short lived when he was shown a red card in the 22 minute.
He is now hoping by playing a significant part in the Kapuls pair of matches against Solomon Islands next month, which are the PNG’s next steps on a road they hope will lead to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Browne pulled on PNG colours at the OFC U-17 Championship in New Zealand as a raw 15-year-old but shortly after that, took up a scholarship to attend college in Auckland which then set his football career on a path that has seen him win New Zealand and Oceania titles, a bronze medal at the FIFA Club World Cup and earn a move to Europe.
Port Moresby-born forward says playing for the Kapuls was always part of the plan and is just thankful the opportunity has come. “That’s always been on my mind,” says Browne.
“I was born here, I grew up here. I feel Papua New Guinean so I am Papua New Guinean.
It’s in my heart to play for this country and I’m glad to be back to play.”
It’s been a tough road for Browne pursuing his dream of playing professionally, with a move away from family as a wide-eyed 15-year-old the first big shock to the system.
But Browne has since forged a track record of grabbing opportunities with both hands and lifting his own game to new standards with each step up the football ladder he has taken.
“It was a big transition for me moving from PNG because I had grown up here,” he says.
“It was a big change and being without my family was the hardest thing but football-wise it was really good because I managed to play for the school team and improve myself as a player and get exposure.
“I managed to play for Central United and then eventually Auckland City where I learnt a lot and played at a high level as well.”
He was still just 16 when he signed for Auckland City and later that year he became the second youngest player to play at a FIFA Club World Cup.
Papua New Guinea will play Solomon Islands on the 9 June 2017 at Lawson Tama Stadium in Solomon Island.