Papua New Guinea national soccer team

The Papua New Guinea national soccer team is the men's national soccer team of Papua New Guinea and is controlled by the Papua New Guinea Football Association. Its nickname is the Kapuls,[4][5] which is Tok Pisin for Cuscus.

Papua New Guinea
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Kapuls (Cuscus)
AssociationPapua New Guinea Football Association
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachWarren Moon
CaptainRonald Warisan
Most capsEmmanuel Simon (36)
Top scorerRaymond Gunemba, Reggie Davani (13)
Home stadiumHubert Murray Stadium
FIFA codePNG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 165 Increase 1 (20 June 2024)[1]
Highest153 (June 2017)
Lowest206 (October–November 2015)
First international
 Fiji 3–1 Papua and New Guinea
(Suva, Fiji; 29 August 1963)[2]
Biggest win
 Papua New Guinea 20–0 American Samoa 
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 15 December 1987)
Biggest defeat
 Malaysia 10–0 Papua New Guinea 
(Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia; 20 June 2023)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1980)
Best resultRunners-up (2016)

Papua New Guinea's highest ever FIFA ranking was 153, in June 2017. As of April 2024, the country was ranked 166 out of 211 countries. This was a drop of 1 place from February 2024.[6] 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; they reached the final, but lost to New Zealand 4–2 on penalties after the score was tied at 0–0 after extra time.

History

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1963–1978

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The Papuan national team played its first match at the 1963 South Pacific Games, where it fell to Fiji 3-1 and was eliminated. At the 1966 South Pacific Games they reached the third place match but lost to the New Hebrides. Three years later they reached the same stage, and defeated the Fijian team 2-1 to win the bronze medal.

At 1971 South Pacific Games, after losing in the semi-finals to New Caledonia, they were beaten 8-1 by Tahiti in the third place game. Four years later, at the 1975 Games, they were beaten in the group stage by Tahiti and New Caledonia and thus eliminated in the first round.

1979–1995

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At the 1979 South Pacific Games they lost in the quarter-finals 3–2 against the Solomon Islands, and in the first phase of the consolation tournament they were beaten 2–0 at the hands of the New Hebrides. The following year they played in the 1980 Oceania Cup, the precursor to the OFC Nations Cup, where despite beating the New Hebrides team, their losses to Australia and New Caledonia left them out at the first phase.

At 1983 South Pacific Games they lost the match for third place against the New Caledonian team. In the 1987 edition they won the bronze medal again by beating Vanuatu 3-1. Even so, in the two subsequent editions, 1991 and 1995, they were eliminated in the first phase.

1996–2012

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After an absence in three editions of the OFC Nations Cup, due to the poor results obtained in the Melanesia Cup, they qualified for the 2002 tournament. They were only able to salvage a point in a 0-0 draw against the Solomon Islands and bowed out in the first round. In 2003 South Pacific Games they had a poor performance and in five games only obtaining four points.

After not participating in 2007, which served as qualification for the 2008 OFC Nations Cup, they were eliminated in the first phase at 2011 Pacific Games by having worse goal difference than Tahiti, with whom they tied on points. In the 2012 OFC Nations Cup they drew with Fiji and lost to the Solomon Islands and New Zealand, again being eliminated in the group stage.

2013–present

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In 2015, Papua New Guinea was designated to host the 2016 OFC Nations Cup. In the group stage, the Papuan team drew 1–1 with New Caledonia, 2–2 against Tahiti and beat Samoa 8–0. After achieving victory in the semi-finals, 2–1 against the Solomon Islands, they lost on penalties to New Zealand in the final after drawing 0–0 in regulation time. On 20 June 2023, Papua New Guinea suffered their worst defeat in their history losing to Malaysia 10–0 at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium.

FIFA Series tournament

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In 2024, Papua New Guinea played their first ever tournament outside Oceania where FIFA invited them to the 2024 FIFA Series matches on from 22 to 25 March 2024 held in Colombo where they would face Sri Lanka and Central African Republic.

Kit sponsorship

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Kit supplier Period
  Joma 1998–2000[7]
  Puma 2007–2010
  Nike 2011–2012
  Lotto 2013–2015
  Adidas 2017–2023
  Veto 2024–

Results and fixtures

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The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2023

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15 November Friendly Papua New Guinea   0–3
(w/o)
  East Timor Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
14:00 UTC+11:00

2024

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25 March 2024 FIFA World Series Central African Republic   4–0   Papua New Guinea Colombo, Sri Lanka
15:00 UTC+5:30
Report Stadium: Colombo Racecourse
Attendance: 550
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
16 June 2024 OFC Nations Cup Papua New Guinea   1–5   Fiji Luganville, Vanuatu
Stadium: Luganville Soccer Stadium
Attendance: 1,700
Referee: Calvin Berg (New Zealand)

Coaching history

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Players

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Current squad

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The following 23 players were called up for the 2024 OFC Men's Nations Cup.[8]

Caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2024, after the match against   Central African Republic.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ronald Warisan (1989-09-20) 20 September 1989 (age 34) 28 0   Lae City
1GK Dave Tomare (1997-04-26) 26 April 1997 (age 27) 2 0   Hekari United
1GK Vagi Koniel (1996-10-26) 26 October 1996 (age 27) 0 0   Southern Strikers

2DF Daniel Joe (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 34) 32 0   Hekari United
2DF Alwin Komolong (1994-11-02) 2 November 1994 (age 29) 22 1   Queensland Lions
2DF Felix Komolong (1997-03-06) 6 March 1997 (age 27) 21 0   Lae City
2DF Kolu Kepo (1993-07-15) 15 July 1993 (age 31) 18 4   Hekari United
2DF Godfrey Haro (1998-06-30) 30 June 1998 (age 26) 8 0   Hekari United
2DF Leenard Atterwell (2005-11-21) 21 November 2005 (age 18) 0 0   Alcochetense
2DF Raymon Diho (2007-01-01) 1 January 2007 (age 17) 0 0   North Geelong Warriors

3MF Emmanuel Simon (1992-12-25) 25 December 1992 (age 31) 33 4   Lae City
3MF Yagi Yasasa (2000-08-17) 17 August 2000 (age 23) 14 0   Hekari United
3MF Pala Paul (1999-07-25) 25 July 1999 (age 24) 5 0   Southern Strikers
3MF Kenneth Arah (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 (age 28) 4 0   Gulf Komara
3MF Troy Dobbin (2001-09-24) 24 September 2001 (age 22) 4 0   Queensland Lions
3MF Lee-Navu Faunt (2003-05-04) 4 May 2003 (age 21) 3 0   Redlands United
3MF Bruce Tiampo (2002-07-25) 25 July 2002 (age 21) 2 0   Lae City
3MF Solomon Rani (2002-05-22) 22 May 2002 (age 22) 1 0   Hekari United
3MF Jethro Yumange (2002-03-10) 10 March 2002 (age 22) 0 0   River Light

4FW Tommy Semmy (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 29) 18 6   Melbourne Knights
4FW Ati Kepo (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 (age 28) 18 6   Hekari United
4FW Harold Tataeng (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 27) 0 0   Southern Strikers
4FW Matu Ben (2004-01-31) 31 January 2004 (age 20) 0 0   Lae City

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Philip Steven (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 29) 3 0   Port Moresby 2024 FIFA Series
DF Joseph Waiwai (2001-03-07) 7 March 2001 (age 23) 0 0   Port Moresby Strikers 2024 FIFA Series
DF Abel Redenut (1995-04-17) 17 April 1995 (age 29) 0 0   Hekari United 2023 Pacific Games
DF Nathaniel Eddie unknown 0 0   Hekari United 2023 Pacific Games
DF Thomas Yagum (1995-05-21) 21 May 1995 (age 29) 0 0   Lae City 2023 Pacific Games
DF Joshua Talau (1996-04-19) 19 April 1996 (age 28) 4 0   Lae City 2023 MSG Prime Minister's Cup

MF Rex Naime (2003-10-23) 23 October 2003 (age 20) 0 0   Hekari United 2024 FIFA Series
MF Nigel Dabinyaba (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 31) 19 11   Hekari United 2024 FIFA Series
MF Oberth Simon (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 (age 23) 0 0   Hekari United 2024 FIFA Series
MF Tizoki Tamgol unknown 0 0   Port Moresby 2023 Pacific Games
MF Joseph Joe (2002-06-14) 14 June 2002 (age 22) 0 0   Hekari United 2023 Pacific Games

FW Pascal Kundi (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 (age 28) 0 0   Port Moresby Strikers 2023 Pacific Games
FW Raymond Gunemba (1986-06-04) 4 June 1986 (age 38) 25 11   Lae City 2023 MSG Prime Minister's Cup

Player records

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As of 22 June 2024[9]
Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.
Players in bold are still active with Papua New Guinea.

Most appearances

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Rank Name Caps Goals Career
1 Emmanuel Simon[a] 36 4 2014–present
2 Daniel Joe[b] 34 1 2012–present
3 Ronald Warisan[c] 32 0 2014–present
4 Raymond Gunemba[d] 31 13 2012–present
Michael Foster 31 7 2003–2022
6 Alwin Komolong[e] 24 1 2016–present
7 Tommy Semmy 23 8 2014–present
8 Felix Komolong 22 0 2016–present
Koriak Upaiga 22 2 2011–present
10 Nigel Dabinyaba[f] 21 9 2014–present

Top goalscorers

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Rank Name Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Reggie Davani 13 17 0.76 2002–2012
Raymond Gunemba[g] 13 31 0.42 2012–present
3 Nigel Dabinyaba[h] 9 21 0.43 2014–present
4 Tommy Semmy 8 23 0.35 2014–present
5 Ati Kepo 7 20 0.35 2019–present
Michael Foster 7 31 0.23 2003–2022
7 Nathaniel Lepani 6 8 0.75 2004–2011
8 Neil Hans 5 8 0.63 2007–2014
Andrew Lepani 5 12 0.42 2003–2011
Mauri Wasi 5 14 0.36 2002–2014

Competitive record

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FIFA World Cup

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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
1930 to 1966 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
1970 to 1994 Did not enter Did not enter
  1998 Did not qualify 3rd 6 2 1 3 5 13
    2002 Did not enter Did not enter
  2006 Did not qualify 3rd 4 2 1 1 17 6
  2010 Disqualified Disqualified
  2014 Did not qualify 4th 3 0 1 2 2 4
  2018 3rd 9 3 3 3 19 13
  2022 3rd 4 2 0 2 5 5
      2026 To be determined To be determined
    2030
  2034
Total 0/14 26 9 6 11 48 41

* 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.

OFC Nations Cup

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Oceania Cup / OFC Nations Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1973 Did not enter No qualification
  1980 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 6 22
  1996 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 2 4
  1998 4 1 1 2 3 6
  2000 4 0 0 4 4 19
  2002 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 12 Squad 4 4 0 0 20 2
  2004 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 17 6
  2008 Disqualified Disqualified
  2012 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 4 Squad Qualified automatically
  2016 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 3 0 13 4 Squad
    2024 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 7 Squad
Total Runners-up 5/11 17 4 6 7 27 49 20 8 3 9 46 37
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Pacific Games

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Pacific Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1963 1st round 5th 1 0 0 1 1 3
  1966 Fourth place 4th 4 1 0 3 14 14
  1969 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 11 10
  1971 Fourth place 4th 3 1 1 1 19 11
  1975 Group stage 6th 2 0 0 2 3 9
  1979 Quarter-finals 5th 3 1 1 1 15 3
  1983 Fourth place 4th 4 1 0 3 22 10
  1987 Third place 3rd 6 3 2 1 26 4
  1991 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 2
  1995 Group stage 6th 3 1 1 1 11 5
  2003 Group stage 6th 4 1 1 2 12 7
  2007 Disqualified
  2011 Group stage 6th 4 2 1 1 22 4
  2015 See Papua New Guinea national under-23 team
  2019 Fourth place 4th 5 3 1 1 17 3
  2023 5th-8th placement 6th 4 2 1 1 7 3
Total Third place 14/16 52 20 11 30 183 88

MSG Prime Minister's Cup

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MSG Prime Minister's Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1988 Did not enter
  1989 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 5 4
  1990 Fifth place 5th 4 0 0 4 1 5
  1992 Did not enter
  1994 Third place 3rd 4 1 1 2 2 4
  1998 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 3 6
  2000 Fifth place 5th 4 0 0 4 4 19
  2022 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 7 5
  2023 Fourth place 4th 3 0 0 3 2 7
Total Winner 7/9 27 6 4 17 24 50

Honours

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Head-to-head record

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Papua New Guinea Won to Tuvalu 1 Time and Loss to Tuvalu 1 Time No Draws

Up to matches played on 20 July 2019.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD WPCT
  American Samoa 3 3 0 0 37 0 +37 100.00
  Australia 1 0 0 1 2 11 −9 0.00
  China 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3 0.00
  Chinese Taipei 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 0.00
  Cook Islands 2 2 0 0 20 1 +19 100.00
  Micronesia 1 1 0 0 10 0 +10 100.00
  Fiji 18 2 5 11 15 34 −19 11.11
  Guam 1 1 0 0 9 0 +9 100.00
  Indonesia 2 1 0 1 3 8 −5 50.00
  Iran 1 0 0 1 1 8 −7 0.00
  Kiribati 2 2 0 0 30 1 +29 100.00
  Liberia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
  Malaysia 4 1 0 3 5 17 −12 25.00
  New Caledonia 16 3 2 11 14 47 −33 18.75
  New Zealand 5 1 1 3 3 18 −15 20.00
  Niue 1 1 0 0 19 0 +19 100.00
  North Korea 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0.00
  Philippines 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 0.00
  Samoa[i] 5 5 0 0 26 3 +23 100.00
  Singapore 2 0 0 2 5 9 −4 0.00
  Solomon Islands 21 5 4 12 26 34 −8 23.81
  Tahiti 15 1 4 10 17 47 −30 6.67
  Thailand 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100.00
  Tonga 4 3 1 0 20 2 +18 75.00
  Vanuatu[j] 20 8 4 8 27 32 −5 40.00
  Wallis and Futuna 3 3 0 0 16 1 +15 100.00
Total 135 45 24 66 316 292 +24 33.33
  1. ^ Simon also played twice against Vanuatu B, matches that are not considered official by FIFA.
  2. ^ Joe also played twice against Vanuatu B, matches that are not considered official by FIFA.
  3. ^ Warisan also played twice against Vanuatu B, matches that are not considered official by FIFA.
  4. ^ Gunemba also played twice against Vanuatu B, scoring once, matches and goals that are not considered official by FIFA.
  5. ^ Komolong also played once against Vanuatu B, matches that are not considered official by FIFA.
  6. ^ Dabinyaba also played once against Vanuatu B, scoring twice, match and goals that are not considered official by FIFA.
  7. ^ Gunemba also played twice against Vanuatu B, scoring once, matches and goals that are not considered official by FIFA.
  8. ^ Dabinyaba also played once against Vanuatu B, scoring twice, match and goals that are not considered official by FIFA.
  9. ^ Includes results as Western Samoa.
  10. ^ Includes results as New Hebrides.

Historical kits

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1996 Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2002 Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2004
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011 Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014 Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014 Away
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015 Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015 Away
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017 Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017 Away
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2022 Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2022 Away
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2022 Third
 
 
 
 
 
 
2024 Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
2024 Away

Sources:[10][11][12][13][14][15]

See also

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References

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  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 20 June 2024. Retrieved 20 June 2024.
  2. ^ "Papua New Guinea International Matches". Archived from the original on 29 September 2022. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 15 July 2024. Retrieved 15 July 2024.
  4. ^ "Strikers To Play Papua New Guinea". Steve Pitman, Brisbane Strikers. 30 May 2011. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Farina's PNG aiming to defy odds". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). 18 May 2012. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  6. ^ FIFA/Coca-Cola-World-Rankings, FIFA/Coca-Cola-World-Rankings. "FIFA/Coca-Cola-World-Rankings". Men's Ranking. Retrieved 23 April 2024.
  7. ^ "Fake & Counterfeit Shirts from all over camisa de futebol 1998 - 2000". 12 August 2019. Archived from the original on 25 November 2021. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Men's Nation Cup squad 2024". Facebook. Papua New Guinea Football Association. 3 June 2024.
  9. ^ "Papua New Guinea". National Football Teams. Archived from the original on 29 March 2023. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  10. ^ "FOOTBALL IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA".
  11. ^ "2014".
  12. ^ "2017".
  13. ^ "2022".
  14. ^ "2024".
  15. ^ "2024".
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