PNG Under 17 Soccer boys went down to Fiji 2 goals to nil in Vanuatu overthe weekend.
Played atthe Luganville Soccer Stadium,the Oceania Football Confederation Under 17 Championships have reachedthe final round of matches.
It hasn’t been an easy ride forthPNG Beys atthe Oceania Football Confederation Under 17 championships in Vanuatu.
With a draw and a win already recordedPNG appeared to be favourit’s to wintheir encounter against Fiji butthe Fijians had ther plans asthey broke downthe normally structured side to take a 2-NIL victory.
PNG will need to regroup ifthey hope to compete against this cohesive Caledonian team.
Eugene Sakilia played brilliantly in his first start ofthe tournament whilethe partnership between goal scorers Raymond Xanatre and Macinou Wamai proverd and could seethe trio pushing for more regular starts.
The OFC U-17 Championship continues tomorrow at Luganville Soccer City Stadium with Cook Islands taking on hosts Vanuatu at 9.30am before Papua New Guineameet New Caledonia at 12.30pm while defending champions New Zealand play Fiji at 3.30pm.
The winner ofthe tournament will qualify for the FIFA U-1World Cup, which is set to take place in United Arab Emirates from October 17 to Novermber 8.