The name Dabinyaba is synonymous with one of the region’s most recognisable football stars – Nigel – but the 26-year-old isn’t the only family member with regional dominance on the agenda.
Peter, the younger brother of Papua New Guinea international Nigel Dabinyaba is eager to step out of his brother’s shadow and into the spotlight of his own on the Oceania football scene.
The 22-year-old grew up playing rugby union but made switch to football when he was 12-year-old.
“Well I grew up playing rugby union but the success of my elder brother Nigel in football has influenced me to switch code,” Dabinyaba said.
“I played in some of the OFC youth tournament but the U-23 is the next step to the senior team and I’m hoping to make my name in the region like my brother as I am following in his footsteps.”
“I am so excited to be part of this team, majority of the players in the squad are new with little experience but they show courage and determination since day one of our preparation.”
The versatile defender will be a key player for coach Mataio, especially with his experience playing at back for Toti City FC in the OFC Champions League.