PNG leave for OFC Nations Cup

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Papua New Guinea left Port Moresby on Monday confident of a competitive campaign at the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup playoff for the Fifa Women’s World Cup scheduled for France next year.
The night before the team left, Papua New Guinea Football Association president John Kapi Natto — who hosted a dinner for the players — stressed to them that soccer had went through some tough times, however, the sport was now united.
“Do your best for the country and show to others that you have the capability to play and win,” Kapi Natto said. Coach Peter Gunemba said his team would take nothing for granted, adding that the results in New Caledonia would determine how well they prepared.
“I am confident with the players I have,” Gunemba said.
“We haven’t had a huge amount of time to prepare.
“But since we came into camp on Monday, the players are picking up well as we go through a series of training phases.”
The team played a friendly against Vanuatu and won 4-0.
Rayleen Bauelua, Selina Unamba, Meagen Gunemba and Sandra Birum were on target for PNG.
PNG face Samoa in their first match at the Stade Yoshida Stadium in Kone on Sunday afternoon.
They then play hosts New Caledonia on Wednesday (Nov 21) and Tahiti on Nov 24, hoping for a spot in the semifinals.
Gunemba is assisted by Margaret Aka.

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