Papua New Guinea coach Anthony Pakakota says they are confident of a competitive show when they face Solomon Islands for the OFC U-16 Championship at Lawson Tama Stadium this afternoon at 3:00 pm.
“We have been working hard on our positional game and our game practice was so far so good during our training since arriving here in Solomon Islands.”
“The boys polish up on their rehashing defensively and their transitional play, so we are ready for the host team.”
“This should be a tough match for us which Solomon Island has been preparing several months for this tournament therefore it won’t be an easy game for us.”
Pakakota says maintaining focus has been a challenge for his young team who are experiencing life outside of their own country for the very first time.
“Therefore, I am calling on the Papua New Guinea community here in Honiara to come in numbers to give support to our young side.”
“The first match will always be a tough one but we hope we can get a good result to boost our confident in our next match.
“I have seen Solomon Island for a number of occasions here in Honiara and they will be a tough team in this tournament especially having the home crowd behind them,” Pakakota says.