Sport: PNG football look to boost mood of nation

1:06 pm on 10 June 2016

The Papua New Guinea football coach says his teams feats at the OFC Nations Cup have helped the mood of the country.

Port Moresby has seen student protests and violent exchanges with police over the past week but Flemming Seretislev said his team, which is playing in its first final in 43 years against New Zealand in the PNG capital on Saturday, had noticed nothing but positive vibes around them.

Former Denmark assistant Flemming Serritslev has been appointed coach of the PNG men's football team.

PNG coach Flemming Seritslev Photo: PNG Football Association

The team meet New Zealand after defeating Solomon Islands 2-1 in the semi-finals.

"It was a great achievement to reach the semi-finals for the first time but of course it is even better to be in the final now," Sertislev said.

"There is a fantastic mood in the squad, there is a fantastic mood here in the country now that we have reached the final and everybody is looking forward to Saturday's game against New Zealand."

"We feel very big support. For example when we are on our way in the bus to training people are shouting and waving, giving us thumbs-up," he said.

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