The Papua New Guinea National Women’s Football team flew out of Port Moresby on Tuesday confident of a competitive show in the Oceania Football Confederation Women’s Nations Cup play off for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled for France next year.
On Monday night PNGFA President John Kapi Natto hosted a dinner for the team and was at the airport on Tuesday to farewell the team – stressed to them that football had went through some tough times, however the code was now united.
“Do your best for the country and show to others that you have the capabilities to play and win,” Kapi Natto said.
Head coach Peter Gunemba said his team would take nothing for granted but believes the results in New Caledonia will determine their preparations.
“I am confident with the players I have in my squad,” said Gunemba. “We haven’t had a huge amount of time to prepare, but since we started camp on Monday the girls are picking up well as we go through series of training phases.
The PNG National Women’s team played a friendly against Vanuatu yesterday and won 4-0.
PNG open the score through Rayleen Bauelua with Selina Unamba scoring the second, then Meagen Gunemba goes for the third and Sandra Birum sealed the result.
The PNG women flew out of Vanuatu today to New Caledonia.
PNG will play against Samoa in its first game on Sunday afternoon at the Stade Yoshida Stadium in Kone and will play host New Caledonia on Wednesday then Tahiti on Saturday hoping for a spot in the semi-finals.
The PNG side is coached by Peter Gunemba and assisted by Margaret Aka.