The Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) has named a 30-strong wider men’s national team squad, while training sessions for the national women’s team are now underway as well.  

The men’s group was selected in consultation with PNGFA Technical Director Paul Isorua and Technical Officers Harrison Kamake and Margaret Aka. 

The squad is subject to change ahead of new head coach Marcos Gusmao arriving in the country later this month, while PNG’s premier men’s competition, the Kumul Petroleum National Soccer League, currently remains suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.  

Gusmao has been monitoring training sessions online in the meantime. 

The PNG national men’s squad training at the PNGFA Education Centre in Lae. Credit: PNGFA

Gatherings for the women’s squad meanwhile kicked off at six different locations last week, ahead of the arrival of new head coach Nicola Demaine.  

The squad is building towards the OFC Women’s Nations Cup 2022. 

PNG men’s 30-man squad: Roland Warisan, Ila Ilarova, Russel Chris, Jordan Tobem, Alwin Komolong, Philip Steven, Joshua Talau, Felix Komolong, Mathias Oyabuya, Daniel Joe, Koriak Upaiga, Joshua Oscar, Emmanuel Airem, Godfrey Haro, David Muta, Simon Emmanuel, Michael Foster, Jacob Sabua, Yagi Yasasa, Nigel Dabinyaba, Stahl Gubag, Ati Kepo, Obert Bika, Paul Pala, Raymond Gunemba, Kolu Kepo, Mathew David, Jonathan Allan, Patrick Aisa, Tommy Semmy.