Papua New Guinea national under-23 football team

The Papua New Guinea national under-23 football team, also known as PNG U23, represents Papua New Guinea at U23 tournaments. The team is considered to be the feeder team for the Papua New Guinea national football team

Papua New Guinea U23
Nickname(s)Kapuls (Cuscus)
AssociationPapua New Guinea Football Association
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachPapua New Guinea Percy Mataio
First colours
Second colours
First international
1992
Biggest win
Cook Islands Cook Islands 0 - 7 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
(Lautoka, Fiji; March 7, 2008)
Biggest defeat
Australia Australia 9 - 0 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
(Sydney, Australia; January 16, 2004)
World Cup
Appearances0
OFC U23 Championship
Appearances5
Best resultfourth place

HistoryEdit

PNG U23 made five appearances so far at the OFC U23 Championship. Their best result was third place, achieved at the 2015 Pacific Games.

OFCEdit

The OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament is a tournament held once every four years to decide the only qualification spot for Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and representatives at the Olympic Games.

OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  1991 4th Place 6 0 1 5 4 19 -15 1
  1996
  1999 4th Place 4 1 0 3 3 11 -8 3
  2004 Group Stage 4 0 1 3 7 21 -14 1
  2008 4th Place 5 2 0 3 18 20 -2 6
  2012 4th Place 4 1 0 3 3 5 -2 3
  2015 3rd Place 4 1 0 3 3 6 -3 3
  2019 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 8 7 +1 3
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Fixtures & ResultsEdit

2019Edit

22 September 2019 (2019-09-22) 2019 OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament Group Stage Vanuatu   3-1   Papua New Guinea   Lautoka, Fiji
12:00
Report
Stadium: Churchill Park
Attendance: 150
Referee:   Matthew Conger
25 September 2019 (2019-09-25) 2019 OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament Group Stage Fiji   3-1   Papua New Guinea   Lautoka, Fiji
15:00
Report
Stadium: Churchill Park
Attendance: 250
Referee:   Nick Waldron
28 September 2019 (2019-09-28) 2019 OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament Group Stage Papua New Guinea   6-1   Tonga   Lautoka, Fiji
12:00
Report
Stadium: Churchill Park
Referee:   Campbell-Kirk Kawana-Waugh

Current technical staffEdit

Position
Head Coach   Percy Mataio
Assistant Coach   Jack Jonathan
Team Manager   Gordon Manub

Current squadEdit

The following players were called to the squad for the 2019 OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament from 21 September - 5 October 2019.
Caps and goals updated as of 28 September 2019 after the match against the   Tonga.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jordan Tobem (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 23) 2 0   Morobe United
18 1GK Jonathan Pole (1999-01-19) 19 January 1999 (age 22) 1 0   Morobe United
20 1GK Jerry Seriba (1999-05-15) 15 May 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Kagua Erave

2 2DF Peter Dabinyaba Jr. (1997-03-23) 23 March 1997 (age 24) 3 0   Vitiaz United
3 2DF Carlos Onne (1999-07-04) 4 July 1999 (age 21) 3 0   Hekari United
4 2DF Gimale Essacu (1997-07-04) 4 July 1997 (age 23) 4 0   Western Illinois University
5 2DF Rupa Amil (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 23) 1 0   Gulf Komara
14 2DF Gabby Yanum (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997 (age 24) 3 0   Bougainville
17 2DF Edward Joshua (1999-01-04) 4 January 1999 (age 22) 1 0   Lae City
2DF Felix Komolong (1997-03-06) 6 March 1997 (age 24) 6 0   Lae City

6 3MF Timothy Mali (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 22) 0 0   FC Bougainville
7 3MF Gregory Togubai (1998-03-22) 22 March 1998 (age 23) 3 3   Hekari United
8 3MF Freddy Kepo (1998-04-19) 19 April 1998 (age 23) 3 2   Hekari United
11 3MF Bernard Purari (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 23) 3 1   Bougainville
12 3MF Emmanuel Simongi (2000-09-25) 25 September 2000 (age 20) 3 1   Kutubu
13 3MF Joseph Waiwai (2001-03-07) 7 March 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Star Mountain
15 3MF Yagi Yasasa (2000-08-17) 17 August 2000 (age 20) 3 0   Vitiaz United
19 3MF Ernest Gwaitep (1997-12-22) 22 December 1997 (age 23) 2 0   Lae City

9 4FW Pokana Mea (1997-05-14) 14 May 1997 (age 23) 2 0   Gulf Komara
10 4FW Franck Toboroyan (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Hekari United
16 4FW Tyran Vapara (1997-07-24) 24 July 1997 (age 23) 3 0   Southern Strikers

List of coachesEdit