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PNG playing for third-place finish

Papua New Guinea will meet the hosts New Caledonia, for the second time in the competition, with both playing for the pride of a third-place finish.

Papua New Guinea started well against Fiji in their semi-final encounter on Mare, but the conditions of the tournament seemed to finally catch up with the team which has been travelling since early November.

Despite starting reasonably well against Fiji, taking the lead through Meagen Gunemba, once Fiji equalised Papua New Guinea slowly started fading away allowing their opponent to get the better of them.

“We’ll be ready for that one but the girls they really dropped after the semi-final. If we can secure third place it will be great, but we will give our best regardless,” coach Peter Gunemba said.

For the hosts, having gone down 6-2 in Group A to their upcoming opponents before losing the semi-final 8-0 to New Zealand, they’re ready to ensure they can achieve something they’ve never done before – a top three finish in the OFC Women’s Nations Cup.

“It will be a good chance for revenge for us,” New Caledonia coach Kamali Fitialeata said.

“I have some small things to look at, to put in place, but I don’t think I’ll have to say much to the girls because they’ll be motivated enough on their own to try and achieve a positive result from this match.

Papua New Guinea will play New Caledonia for third-place at 2:00 pm tomorrow at Stade Numa Daly in Noumea, New Caledonia.

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