Papua New Guinea Football Association has come out clear stating the reasons for not sending teams to the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
The association in its own accord has made an assessment on its decision whether to take part or not and a report was put forward to the PNGFA Executives to make a decision.
Upon assessing the report, the Executive made a decision for PNGFA not to send a team based on the following reasons:
• The tournament is not sanctioned as it did for 2015 Pacific Games and there is no football ranking in Oceania Region and FIFA.
• It’s too costly to send teams to mini games which the games are just a preparation for the 2019 South Pacific Games.
• PNGFA has got its own direction in moving forward which we see that the mini games are not one of our priorities which will not affect the football growth in PNG.
The other issue, is that PNG is land locked, which is geographically challenging and a substantials amount of funds is needed for training camps and travelling out to play.
With that Papua New Guinea Football Association has taken this direction with the focus now to prepare well for the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.