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Young PNG defender gets US scholarship

Young Papua New Guinea defender Felix Komolong left for USA on Sunday after receiving a US scholarship with Northern Kentucky University.

Felix said he is really excited about the scholarship and looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“I’m thankful because it’s a good opportunity for me go get an education and play soccer at the same time, said Felix.

Following the footsteps of his elder brother Alwin Komolong, Felix will play for the Norse of Northern Kentucky University team while completing his studies.

Alwin played for the university side for three years, scoring once for the university team, before securing a move to Stuttgarter Kickers in the German fourth tier.

Felix, his international partner in central defence, is now following a similar career path.

The 20-year-old PNG international is one of Oceania’s biggest talents.

Felix, who played in the World Cup Qualifier Russia 2018 – OFC Stage 3 against Tahiti and Solomon Islands in June had a short stint in New Zealand with Canterbury United.

In 2014 he spent three weeks at German giants Werder Bremen on trial and his coach in New Zealand singled him out as a future star of the game.

He has 11 caps for the national side but is yet to score a goal for the team.

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