Whelp! 😬😵 A big loss in Malaysia to end the international window for PNG.
Just when it seems the other OFC nations take a step forward on the international stage, we tend to get a pretty quick sharp reminder of where we're at as a confederation, as well as a seemingly big boot up the arse on the pitch too...
Not many positives to take from that one unfortunately for the PNG lads.
Following a four-year consultation process, The OFC Executive Committee are planning to kick off their new Professional League in 2025. With this in mind, we are looking for an experienced consultant to come on board to develop and implement the next steps of this exciting project.
To be fair it seems the Saudis are trying to modernise, football wise at least. Or just pulling an elaborate con job.
“The recent development of women’s football in Saudi Arabia with a women’s football league and a women’s national team is commendable and OFC will be happy to share its expertise and help SAFF in this area.” OFC General Secretary Franck Castillo said.
Couple of friendly matches completed over the past couple of days for both the men's and women's sides of both Tahiti and the Cook Islands.
Really nice to see and especially so for the Cook Islands who rarely play matches at all outside of World Cup Qualifiers and Pacific Games campaigns. In fact, the last time they were involved in a couple of friendly matches was back in 2009 where they played a pair of friendlies in Tonga.
No doubt this was some final preparation for the upcoming Pacific Games to be held in Honiara in November/December as well. So a good chance for both sides to get out and get some minutes.
Live stream for the 1st match of the Prime Minister's Cup.
In case the YouTube embedded video doesn't work - Link: https://www.youtube.com/live/auJc7NsT1wY?si=zk6c3MRqQ1etpRj1 So good to see these matches getting covered/streamed live too. It seems the island nations are getting better at delivering their product out to the big wide world. In years gone by no one would have even known these matches would have taken place!
Does anyone know if he looks cut out for A-League level? I read somewhere he wasn’t enjoying being based in Bosnia(?) and may be leaving. He’s clearly a good player and young so wondered if he was on the Phoenix radar.
10 man Solomon Islands overcome a 1-0 deficit late on, and thanks to a Raphael Lea'i hat-trick they come out 3-1 winners.
New Caledonia far too strong for Vanuatu who are without their defensive talisman Brian Kaltak for this tournament, as he remained in Australia with the Central Coast Mariners in preparation for the upcoming A-League season.
Participants for the Men's & Women's football at the upcoming Pacific Games in Honiara.
No New Zealand in either competition - Hardly surprising given we've never sent a squad for the Women, and only sent the Men in 2015 as part of Olympic Qualifying (U-23's - Remember that one...) and were Champions in 2019 with an U-23 squad.
Few mishaps to start off with, with Kiribati withdrawing from the competition altogether, and Tuvalu seemingly not getting into the Solomon Islands before their first game against PNG, which has now been rescheduled, rather than forfeited as had been reported.
Anyway matches have kicked off in both the men's and women's competitions. Mens have 4 x 3 team pools, women's have 1 x 4 team pool and 2 x 3 team pools.
Results so far by pool Group A 🇳🇨 7 - 0 🇹🇴 🇹🇴 1 - 2 🇨🇰 Matches to come to decide the group 🇳🇨 v 🇨🇰
New Caledonia strong favourites to progress having never lost to the Cook Islands.
Group B 🇵🇬 3 - 0 🇹🇻 (W/O) 🇹🇻 0 - 6 🇻🇺 🇻🇺 1 - 1 🇵🇬
As you can see, PNG extremely hard done by as they get awarded a 3-0 win after Tuvalu fail to turn up in time, but then Tuvalu turn up to get whacked by Vanuatu a few days later, leaving Vanuatu needing only a draw to progress to the knockout rounds - They duly obliged. Although I see there is a small possibility that Tuvalu and PNG may be rescheduled. No word on that though.
Group C 🇫🇯 10 - 0 🇲🇵 🇫🇯 0 - 0 🇵🇫 To be played 🇲🇵 v 🇵🇫 - Tahiti need to win by 11 goals to progress to the knockouts. Piece of piss yeah?
Group D 🇸🇧 1 - 0 🇼🇸 🇼🇸 10 - 0 🇦🇸 🇸🇧 11 - 0 🇦🇸
Even though they don't progress, Samoa the team of this group for mine. Not even ranked heading into this tournament, they hold hosts to a tight game and then pick up record 10-0 win against their neighbours. Hopefully they can keep on the upward trend going forward. 🤞
For places 9-12. Tuvalu deal to Tonga, and Northern Mariana Islands deal to American Samoa. Tuvalu will now play Northern Mariana Islands for 9th, while Tonga will play American Samoa for 11th.
For places 5-8. Looks like the Cook Islands have forfeited from here on in, so will finish 8th with PNG awarded a 3-0 win to put them in to the 5th place playoff against Tahiti, who overcame Samoa 2-1 in what looked to be a fiery contest (check the cautions and expulsions...)
New stadium financed by the Chinese Govt. Australia also has a presence there at the moment providing security during the Games, which are getting good daily coverage on one of the SBS channels here.
Solomons a bit of strategic battle ground now, for various USA/Japan/Australia aid projects verus China aid. Infrastructure in SI the winner, plus no doubt the bank accounts in Panama, Switzerland or wherever of a few Solomons govt ministers/officials - that have had a deposit of Yen.