By Elijah Lavett – EMTV Sports, Port Moresby
Members of the PNG Men’s football train-on squad went through the High-Performance baseline screening yesterday. The screening was done to collect data from each player before their first training camp next week.
The screening done was for Port Moresby-based players selected into the PNG Men’s train-on squad. Players selected from Lae, Madang and the Highlands region will go through a similar screening in Lae.
Preparations at this stage are looking good for the team as they gear up for their first training camp.
49 players have been selected into the train-on squad which will be trimmed to 23 players.
Tommy Semmy and David Browne who play in New Zealand, will be joining the team with Wira Wama and Felix Komolong to also fly in from the United States.
PNG Men’s Football Team Manager, Gordon Manub, says they are still waiting for the availability of Alwin Komolong who is currently playing and training in Germany.
Bulk of the squad was part of the 2016 Nations Cup team with only a few new faces.
Its players like David Muta, Koriak Upaiga, Raymond Gunemba and Michael Foster who will provide leadership and motivation towards younger players.
12 Countries will be participating in the Men’s football tournament at the Pacific Games. Tahiti and New Caledonia will be PNG’s biggest rivals, but the team believes they can win gold.