• PNG ready for test against Malaysia

    first_imgLooking to build towards next year’s third stage of World Cup qualifying, PNG coach Flemming Serritslev says it’s exactly what his side needs.After winning plenty of hearts and minds with their spirited Nations Cup campaign, Serritslev also sees the game against Malaysia as another opportunity to promote football in PNG.“Again, it’s about momentum and if we play well we can attract more fans and broaden the support for the national team and the game in the country,” says the former Danish international.“Hopefully we can motivate a lot of children to start playing football.”Despite the penalty shootout heartbreak against New Zealand last weekend, Serritslev insists his players will be mentally and physically prepared for their next challenge.“I have no trouble motivating the players, they love playing football and they are looking forward to test themselves again.“They are keen to show that we are capable of competing with a team ranked higher than us,” says the 69-year-old coach.“It will also teach us where we might have some deficits and how some of our more inexperienced players can handle a tough opponent.”Friday’s match will be Malaysia’s first of their three-match Oceania tour before they visit New Caledonia on June 22 and Fiji four days later.last_img

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