Three overseas-based football players were the first to arrive yesterday to join the PNG national men’s team camp in Port Moresby.
US-based duo Alwin Komolong and Wira Wama with Australia based Michael Foster were welcomed at the airport by PNG Football Association vice-president John Wesley Gonjuan and Dr Miok Komolong, Alwin’s father.
The three players played a crucial part in the team entry into the OFC Nations Cup grand final for the first time last year and will now join the camp to prepare for their match against Tahiti on March 23 at the Sir John Guise Stadium.
Speaking on arrival, Alwin said the experience of playing competitions in US would add a lot of depth for the national team.
Wira and Alwin spoke of their willingness to share their experiences with the rest of the team.
“In the US, we really work hard because the pace is really fast but right now we are both on off-season and from what we’ve gained, we will surely share with the rest of the team,” Alwin said.
“In America, the work rate on and off the field is massive and I am confident of myself. I am looking forward to do a lot of work for the team,” the defender said.
Wira said he was looking forward to meeting the team.
He said the results would come from training and he was ready to commit himself before the game later this month.
“I think the outcome of our training will be telling; we are looking forward to this game. I have been working really hard in the US and I can’t wait to represent my country again,” Wira said.
“In the US, it is all about organisation and structural football so with that style very strong in the US, I will try to apply that in training and also in the game,” the midfielder said.
Alwin, who skippered the PNG Under-23 side to win their first medal in men’s football in the 2015 Pacific Games, said PNG had come a long way to achieve a lot in football and was looking forward to continue the success they had with coach Fleming Serristlev last year.
“There are also a lot of new guys coming into the team as well so it will be interesting to see how we play. We are soccer players, we adapt to it and I am sure the coach has a plan for it,” Alwin said.