Papua New Guinea national football team

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Papua New Guinea
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Kapuls (Cuscus)
AssociationPapua New Guinea Football Association
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachBob Morris[1]
CaptainMichael Foster
Most capsMichael Foster (26)
Top scorerReggie Davani (15)
Home stadiumHubert Murray Stadium
FIFA codePNG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 165 Increase 3 (19 September 2019)[2]
Highest153 (June 2017)
Lowest206 (October–November 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 169 Increase 8 (18 October 2019)[3]
Highest134 (1989)
Lowest188 (2003)
First international
 Fiji 3–1 Papua New Guinea
(Suva, Fiji; 29 August 1963)[4]
Biggest win
 Papua New Guinea 20–0 American Samoa 
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 15 December 1987)
Biggest defeat
 Australia 11–2 Papua New Guinea 
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 26 February 1980)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1980)
Best resultRunners-up, 2016
Papua New Guinea national football team
Medal record
Pacific Games
Bronze medal – third place 1969 Port Moresby Team
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Nouméa Team
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Port Moresby Team

The Papua New Guinea national football team is the national team of Papua New Guinea and is controlled by the Papua New Guinea Football Association. Its nickname is the Kapuls,[5][6] which is Tok Pisin for Cuscus.

Papua New Guinea's highest ever FIFA ranking was 153, in June 2017. As of June 2019, the country was ranked 171 out of 211 countries. This was a drop of 2 places from May 2019.[7] Papua New Guinea had previously left the FIFA rankings, having not competed in a match between July 2007 and August 2011. Their matches at the 2015 Pacific Games saw them return to the rankings, and they competed in the 2016 OFC Nations Cup in June 2016.

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pos Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to United States 1994 Did not participate Did not participate
France 1998 Did not qualify 3rd 6 2 1 3 5 13
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not participate Did not participate
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 3rd 4 2 1 1 17 6
South Africa 2010 Disqualified Disqualified
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify 4th 3 0 1 2 2 4
Russia 2018 3rd 9 3 3 3 19 13
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 22 7 6 9 43 36

* Although initially listed by FIFA as having entered the 2010 World Cup, PNG did not enter the football tournament at the 2007 South Pacific Games, which was used as the preliminary round of the Oceanian zone qualification tournament.

Oceania Nations Cup record[edit]

OFC Nations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
New Zealand 1973 Did not enter
New Caledonia 1980 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 6 22
1996 Did not qualify
Australia 1998
French Polynesia 2000
New Zealand 2002 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 12
Australia 2004 Did not qualify
2008 Did not enter
Solomon Islands 2012 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 4
Papua New Guinea 2016 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 3* 0 13 4
Total Runners-up 4/10 14 3 5* 6 23 42
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

South Pacific Games record[edit]

South Pacific Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Fiji 1963 1st round 5th 1 0 0 1 1 3
New Caledonia 1966 Fourth place 4th 4 1 0 3 14 14
Papua New Guinea 1969 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 11 10
French Polynesia 1971 Fourth place 4th 3 1 1 1 19 11
Guam 1975 Group stage 6th 2 0 0 2 3 9
Fiji 1979 Quarter-finals 5th 3 1 1 1 15 3
Samoa 1983 Fourth place 4th 4 1 0 3 22 10
New Caledonia 1987 Third place 3rd 6 3 2 1 26 4
Papua New Guinea 1991 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 2
French Polynesia 1995 Group stage 6th 3 1 1 1 11 5
Fiji 2003 Group stage 6th 4 1 1 2 12 7
Samoa 2007 Disqualified
New Caledonia 2011 Group stage 6th 4 2 1 1 22 4
Papua New Guinea 2015 See Papua New Guinea national under-23 football team
Total Third place 12/14 43 15 9 19 159 82

Results and fixtures[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

2019[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2019 Pacific Games from 7–20 July in Apia, Samoa.

Caps and goals correct after the match against Fiji on 20 July 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ishmael Pole (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 26) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
20 1GK Ronald Warisan (1989-09-20) 20 September 1989 (age 30) 18 0 Papua New Guinea Toti City

2 2DF Daniel Joe (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 29) 17 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
3 2DF Joshua Talau (1996-04-19) 19 April 1996 (age 23) 3 0 Papua New Guinea Toti City
4 2DF Alwin Komolong (1994-11-02) 2 November 1994 (age 24) 16 0 Papua New Guinea PS Rutz
5 2DF Felix Komolong (1997-03-06) 6 March 1997 (age 22) 19 0 United States Northern Kentucky University
12 2DF Shane Sakael (1992-12-31) 31 December 1992 (age 26) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
15 2DF Dinniget Luaine (2000-05-16) 16 May 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Besta PNG United
19 2DF Koriak Upaiga (1987-06-13) 13 June 1987 (age 32) 18 2 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
23 2DF Langarap Samol (1989-07-21) 21 July 1989 (age 30) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Kagua-Erave

6 3MF Patrick Aisa (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 25) 11 3 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
8 3MF Michael Foster (captain) (1985-09-05) 5 September 1985 (age 34) 26 7 Papua New Guinea Madang
14 3MF Emmanuel Simon (1992-12-25) 25 December 1992 (age 26) 18 4 Papua New Guinea Toti City
17 3MF Jacob Sabua (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 25) 15 0 Papua New Guinea Toti City
18 3MF Gregory Togubai (1998-03-22) 22 March 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Papua New Guinea Eastern Stars
22 3MF Kolu Kepo (1993-07-15) 15 July 1993 (age 26) 6 4 Papua New Guinea Hekari United

7 4FW Raymond Gunemba (1986-06-04) 4 June 1986 (age 33) 21 11 Australia Geelong SC
9 4FW Nigel Dabingyaba (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 26) 19 8 Papua New Guinea Toti City
10 4FW David Browne (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 23) 3 0 New Zealand Auckland City
11 4FW Atti Kepo (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 (age 23) 4 1 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
13 4FW Tommy Semmy (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 25) 10 3 New Zealand Hamilton Wanderers
16 4FW Jonathan Allen (2000-01-03) 3 January 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Besta PNG United
21 4FW Alex Kamen (1993-08-26) 26 August 1993 (age 26) 1 2 Papua New Guinea Morobe United

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Papua New Guinea squad within the last twelve months.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Leslie Kalai (1984-12-06) 6 December 1984 (age 34) 7 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
1GK Kusuga Komolong (1998-06-23) 23 June 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Papua New Guinea University Inter
1GK Luke Kaprangi (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Papua New Guinea PS Rutz
1GK Ila David (1992-06-11) 11 June 1992 (age 27) 0 0 Papua New Guinea University Inter

2DF Philip Steven (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 24) 4 0 Papua New Guinea Bougainville
2DF Abel Redenut (1995-04-17) 17 April 1995 (age 24) 4 0 Papua New Guinea Bougainville
2DF Roland Bala (1990-09-18) 18 September 1990 (age 29) 2 0 New Zealand Southern United
2DF Clement Willis (1993-01-21) 21 January 1993 (age 26) 4 0 Papua New Guinea Toti City
2DF Otto Kusunan (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
2DF Freeman Giwi (2000-07-07) 7 July 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Tusbab Stallions

3MF David Muta (1987-10-24) 24 October 1987 (age 31) 17 1 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
3MF Wira Wama (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 29) 5 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
3MF Obert Bika (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 26) 3 0 Solomon Islands Malaita Kingz
3MF Stahl Gubag (1999-07-17) 17 July 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Papua New Guinea Tusbab Stallions
3MF Papalau Awele (1995-02-01) 1 February 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Kagua-Erave
3MF Donovan Murray (1993-05-23) 23 May 1993 (age 26) 1 0 Papua New Guinea PS Rutz
3MF Emmanuel Airem (1994-11-22) 22 November 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Toti City
3MF Basil Jofari (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Bougainville
3MF Ricky Wadunah (2000-12-20) 20 December 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Besta PNG United
3MF Emmanuel Simongi (2000-09-25) 25 September 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Toti City
3MF Yagi Yasasa (2000-08-17) 17 August 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Besta PNG United
3MF Henry Ronny 0 0 Papua New Guinea Morobe United
3MF Shane Sakael (1992-12-31) 31 December 1992 (age 26) 0 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United

4FW Richard Alois (1995-10-17) 17 October 1995 (age 24) 2 0 Papua New Guinea PS Rutz
4FW Jordan Kaven 0 0 Papua New Guinea Port Moresby United
4FW Kenneth Arah 0 0 Papua New Guinea Gulf Komara
4FW Russell Nirik 0 0 Papua New Guinea Morobe United

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soccer Unveils Plans for Pacific Games". PNG Courier. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  4. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesp/png-intres.html
  5. ^ "Strikers To Play Papua New Guinea". Steve Pitman, Brisbane Strikers. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Farina's PNG aiming to defy odds". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  7. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.

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