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PNG U19 left with high hopes

The Papua New Guinea under 19 national soccer team left the country on Monday to Tahiti for the 2018 Oceania Football Confederation championship next month.

PNG under 19 team head coach Harrison Kamake confirmed that the boys have been in camp the past weeks training together and are ready to fly off to Tahiti.

“The boys have been progressing well the last training weeks and are counting on for the challenge.”

We have made it to the semi-final creating history for the country for the first time during the OFC U-17 Championship last year with these players and I believe they are looking forward to it again this year,” Kamake said.

“Most of the  members of the team come from the PNG Under 17 team as well others are members of the 2018 National Soccer League runners-up, the Besta PNG United FC.”

 “We are in a tough pool with New Zealand and host Tahiti but our aim is to finish on top.”

“We represent PNG in soccer at the OFC, and we are going with pride and aspiring to bring that pride back,” he said.

PNG is pooled in Group A with New Zealand, Tonga and Tahiti while Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia are in Group B.

PNG U-19 final squad: Goalkeepers: Graham Berigami, Baxter Morris, Defenders: Dopson Noi, Kimson Kapai, Freeman Giwi, Sylvester Wafihunia, Dinniget Luaine, Midfielders: Obert Simon, Emmanuel Simongi, Ricky Wadunah, Yagi Yasasa, Laventine Munuo, Forwards: Jonathan Allen, Barthy Kerobin, Cameron Nuabi, Stahl Gubag, Wolfram Gregory, Abraham Allen.

Team management: Coach Harrison Kamake, Assistant Coach Gina Sam, Physio Stanley Pokasap and Team Manager Besi Simongi.

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