Lae City Dwellers is confident of a good outing in this year’s Oceania Football Confederation League championship.
The Dwellers will leave the country on Thursday 02 March to Fiji for two friendly matches against Suva FC and the Fiji national team before heading up to New Zealand for the OFC Champions League.
Dominated by upcoming players, the side will also be bolstered with the presence of their experienced campaigners, Raymond Gunemba, Troy Gunemba, Vanentine Nelson, Ronald Warisan, Japhet Tiampo and Emmanuel Simon.
Head coach Peter Gunemba said the side expected tough competition in their pool.
He said the side would be banking on their home-grown talents unlike other teams who had opted for overseas players to boost their campaign.
“We always have faith in our own players and that is the reason we did not recruit players from overseas,” said Gunemba.
“We want to expose our upcoming players to this top-class tournament and we believe this is the only way to best develop our players.
“We have many young and upcoming players in this squad with a mixture of a few senior players and we are confident of our chances.”
Gunemba said the side wanted a solid foundation in their opening game and the ultimate aim was to reach the semi-final.
“We are taking all games seriously and we will treat the first game as our final.
“Our aim is to reach the semi-final but this will not stop us from achieving our utmost best.
“The side has prepared well and we will give our best shot to make a good start in our campaign.”
Some players who are expected to make their mark in the competition are PNG U20 men’s defender Kenneth Pilailo, Adolf Kumisi, Alex Kamen, George Korie and Peter Dabinyaba Jr.
Dwellers is in Group C with Malampa Revivors of Vanuatu, Western United of Solomon Island and Auckland City of New Zealand.
Dwellers will face Malampa Revivors on March 11.
Dwellers: Matheson Nasa, Ronald Warisan, Valentine Nelson, Mosie Milubwa, Japhet Tiampo, Goropaul Albert, Kenneth Pilailo, Adolf Kumisi, Alex Kamen, Obert Bika, Troy Gunemba, Mathew David, Ken Kepe, Peter Dabinyaba Jnr, John Kichani, Moses Kamakeng, Billson Bulo, George Korie, Kiwa Tepo, Emmanuel Simon, Raymond Gunemba, George Debenham.
Fixtures: March 11 – Lae City Dwellers v Malampar Revivors; March 15 – Lae City Dwellers v Auckland City; March 18 Lae City Dwellers v Western United.