PNG Kapul Coach Marcos Gusmao is optimistic to reach the final of Group A of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Oceania qualifier despite unfair results against New Zealand going down 1-0 in the 20th minute in the Game 1 of the Group A match on Saturday morning.
He said his team’s strategy, the perhaps unfair defeat against New Zealand was something we could not expect, but our strong objective of reaching the final is stronger than ever, don’t think that we will give up the game easily, we are very strong to play against any team.
New Zealand even with more possession of the ball saw our line up fight the 90 minutes.
The Brazillian coach made these comments when he announce his squad for Monday game against New Caledonia (Qatar Time 5pm) which will be Tuesday 1am.
The team for New Caledonia game is as follows; Roland Warisan (goalkeeper), Alwin Komolong, Felix Komolong, Daniel Joe, Emmanuel Airem (backs), Emmanuel Simon, Jacob Sabua, Michael Foster, Stahl Gubag, Tommy Semmy and Kolu Kepo.
Only four changes to the starting team with Airem replacing Koriak Upaiga, Foster taking over from David Muta, Stahl replacing Raymond Gunemba while Kolu takes over from his brother, Ati in the frontline.
Team Manager Joseph Ealadona said despite going down to New Zealand in a controversial referee’s call, the boys has remained focus going forward to finish in top two in order to qualify for a criss-cross semi final.
New Caledonia went down to Fiji 2-1 and surely looking forward for another a win to stay in touch in contention. Fiji will play New Zealand in other Group A match after PNG vs New Caledonia.
After Game 1 of Group A matches; Fiji lead with 3 points, New Zealand 3, New Caledonia 0 and PNG 0.