As the Papua New Guinea prepare for the home and away clash with the Solomon Islands, skipper Michael Foster is a proud man.
Foster will lead his young charges centre stage after their success over Tahiti in group B of the OFC stage three of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier.
The new faces of the Kapuls proved all their doubters wrong.
And with only a handful of senior players remaining, Foster had his hands full with experienced head coach Flemming Serritslev and assistant Reginald Davani pushing their resolve.
“To me to be given the captain role after so many years is a big achievement for me.
“To be given a young team to lead was a huge challenge initially, but self-belief and the enthusiasm of the players has inspired me.
“Imparting my experience with several other seniors including Raymond Gunemba, Nigel Dabinyaba and now Roland Bala just returning from New Zealand hit a few road blocks along the way, but the players have risen quickly to the style coach Flemming wants us to play,” he added.
Foster based in Melbourne with the Geelong Football Club, says since been in camp for the last few days in Port Moresby, the team spirit is high amongst the squad members.
“The guys are getting physical and are focused for the two weeks of intensive training to prepare for the June 9 clash with Solomon Islands in Honiara,” he added.
Foster said it’s always difficult to beat a side like Solomon Islands at home, but he believes the squad has jelled well and will work hard towards returning some confidence in the team.
“Nothing is impossible,” he added. The 31 year old from Morobe province further said the team needs all the support it can get.
“Show us the love and e will return it,” he added.
PNG will return to Port Moresby to play the return match on June 13 at the PNG Football Stadium.