The Papua New Guinea national men’s team is in Port Moresby on a three weeks camp preparing for Pacific Games in Samoa next month.
With 26 days to go before the kick off, head coach Bob Morris wants his players to get the little things right and understand their role in the game.
Morris said players arrived in the camp on Sunday are all excited and are betting on confidence and teamwork, even though they know that they haven’t got enough preparation time.
The team started training on Tuesday with the four young debutants, Gregory Togubai, Ati Kepo, Jonathan Allen, Dinniget Luaine, included in a squad comprised largely of players of the 2016 OFC Nations Cup campaign.
The side will be bolstered with the presence of 4 overseas-based players: Alwin Komolong, Felix Komolong, David Browne and Tommy Semmy.
Morris said that he was content with the 23 players named in his squad for the Pacific Games.
Papua New Guinea is pooled in pool A with Vanuatu, New Zealand U23, Tonga and host Samoa in what would be a test of the nation’s credibility as a genuine contender in Pacific soccer.
PNG 23 men squad: Patrick Aisa, Jonathan Allen, David Browne, Nigel Dabinyaba, Michael Foster, Raymond Gunemba, Daniel Joe, Alex Kamen, Atti Kepo, Kolu Kepo, Felix Komolong, Alwin Komolong, Dinniget Luaine, David Muta, Ismael Pole, Jacob Sabua, Langarap Samol, Tommy Semmy, Emmanuel Simon, Joshua Talau, Gregory Togubai, Koriak Upaiga, Ronald Warisan
Team Officials: Bob Morris (Head coach), Harrison Kamake (Assistant coach), Gordon Manub (Team manager), Samson Steven (Kit manager)