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PNG hopes to bounce back

Papua New Guinea will play their second match against Vanuatu and both will open the day of action as they both fight for their first points in the competition.

Although Papua New Guinea’s 3-2 loss to New Caledonia was heart-breaking for Papua New Guinea coach Harrison Kamake, he remains focused on staying constructive and tweaking the side’s weaknesses.

“We are playing Vanuatu and they definitely are a good team,” Kamake said.

“We’ll just have to revisit some of the basics and work from there.”

Defender Kimson Kapai proved dangerous in the side’s first match against New Caledonia on Sunday, chancing it on an opportunity and firing from nearly half-way to score Papua New Guinea’s first goal of the competition.

Vanuatu on the other hand will also seeking redemption after their 1-0 loss to Tahiti, Vanuatu coach Rocky Neveserveth is working to improve the combinations in his side before their second chance at points on Tuesday.

“You could see that we lacked a certain level of preparation but we will do everything we can to stay here in the competition as long as possible,” Neveserveth said.

“PNG haven’t lost their focus; they still have belief for the next game.”

Neveserveth is expecting a more calm and structured game from his side without the intimidation of Tahiti’s home crowd in their second match but still believes his side’s weaknesses will be tested by Papua New Guinea.

“Papua New Guinea will be a tough opponent. They have a great game style and we will do our best to work hard on our finishing and our defence.”

Papua New Guinea will face Vanuatu, tomorrow 12pm (PNG time) at Stade Mahina Stadium in Papeete, Tahiti.

Papua New Guinea: 1. Charley NINGIKAU (GK), 2. Milton BIWA, 3. Kimson KAPAI, 4. Sylvester LUKE, 5. Freeman GIWI, 6. Samuel DETNOM, 7. Emmanuel SIMONGI, 8. Aben PUKUE, 9. Barthy KEROBIN, 10. Oberth SIMON, 11. Yagi YASASA, 12. Ricky WADUNAH, 13. Thomas KONGRAGLE, 14. Emmanuel YOPIYOPI, 15. Dunstan JEFFEREY, 16. Jonathan ALLEN, 17. Dopson NOI, 18. Wolfram KOB, 19. Abraham ALLEN, 20. Graham BERIGAMI (GK).

Coach: Harrison KAMAKE (PNG)

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