The National, Friday 27th 2012
FORMER internationals Kema Jack and Adrian Komu are among 30 players vying for the 23 available spots for the Nations Cup soccer tournament in Honiara, Solomon Islands in June.
Papua New Guinea coach Frank Farina sent a SOS call for Jack to add some firework in the team while Adrian Komu was recalled to back captain David Muta in the midfield.
Jack from Kaparoko village, Central and Komu from Bogia, Madang and both experienced players were overlooked for the PNG team to last year’s Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia.
The team’s head of delegation John Kapi Natto said they had recalled the duo to see if they could fight their way back into the team.
The training camp in Lae which started on Monday ends today.
Another pre-selection trial will be done before their final camp in Gold Coast, Australia.
Also included in the squad is young Morobe boy Daniel Joe.
Joe was playing well for the now defunct CMSS Tigers and was snatched up by Hekari United FC who have groomed him into a complete player.
He was outstanding throughout the O-League club for Hekari and was picked in the training squad for the Honiara competition.
Joe is one of the freshmen in the squad along with Vidya Malagian, Nigel Dabinyaba, Wira Wama, Roland Conn and Kila Polena – all U23 squad members.
Farina is banking on the experience of the Pacific Games and the Olympic qualifier matches to take them through the touch Nations Cup tournament in June.
The players selected by Farina had been brought together for a training camp at the PNG Football Association academy in Lae this week and must do their best to impress as the former Australia coach can take only 23 to Honiara.
PNG are in Group B with Fiji, New Zealand and Solomon Islands while Group A consists of New Caledonia, Samoa, Tahiti and Vanuatu.
The teams will take part in a tournament based on a league system with semi-finals and a final.
The four highest-placed teams from the second stage will then contest stage three of World Cup qualifying – a round-robin, home-and-away play-off series.
The matches are to take place between Sept 7 and 26 March, 2013, in the FIFA windows.
The winner of the third stage will advance to an inter-continental home-and-away play-off against the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF (confederation of North America, Central American and the Caribbean) – for a place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The squad: Goalkeepers: Leslie Kalai, Godfrey Baniau, Paul Peter; Defenders: Andrew Lepani, Koriak Upaiga, Cyril Muta, Jeremy Yasasa, Valentine Nelson, Daniel Joe, Kelly Jampu, Ronald Bala, Kila Polena; Midfielders: Erickson Komeng, David Muta, Wira Wama, Niel Hans, Samuel Kini, Michael Foster, Eliud Fugre, Gerarld Lashel, Ronald Conn, Leana Geno, Mauri Wasi, Ian Yanum; Strikers Kema Jack, Raymond Gunemba, Felix Bondaluc, Jamal Seeto, Reginald Davani, Nigel Dabinyaba, Tonga Esira, Vidya Malagian, Adrian Komu.