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‘Bula Boys’ Need Win Against PNG

The Digicel national football side need to win their last game against Papua New Guinea on Friday to secure a semifinal spot in the OFC World Cup qualifiers. NZ has confirmed their place in the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup Oceania Qualifiers following their wins against Fiji and New Caledonia. Fiji need to be better than PNG if they want to secure a spot in the semifinal.
23 Mar 2022 11:00
‘Bula Boys’ Need Win Against PNG
New Zealand scored four unanswered goals against Fiji on Monday in Dohar, Qatar, in the OFC World Cup qualifiers. Photo: NZ Photo

The Digicel national football side need to win their last game against Papua New Guinea on Friday to secure a semifinal spot in the OFC World Cup qualifiers.

This was after they were thrashed by New Zealand, 4-0, in Doha, Qatar, on Monday.

 

NZ has confirmed their place in the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup Oceania Qualifiers following their wins against Fiji and New Caledonia.

Fiji need to be better than PNG if they want to secure a spot in the semifinal.

The All Whites have maximum points from their first two games, after beating Papua New Guinea 1-0 at the weekend.

 

PNG are second on goal difference after beating New Caledonia 1-0 in the early match in Group B.

Two teams from Groups A and B will advance to the semifinals of the OFC qualifiers, with the eventual winners playing off against the fourth placed team from the CONCACAF confederation for a berth at the World Cup Finals.

Meanwhile Solomon Islands lead Group A despite not taking the field since their 2-0 win over the Cook Islands on match-day one, while Tahiti are yet to play a match.

 

Match-day three in Doha was cancelled after some of the Vanuatu and Cook Islands squads were tested positive with COVID-19.

Vanuatu, who were also unable to play their opening round match in Group A against Tahiti, have withdrawn from the competition.

Solomon Islands and Tahiti are scheduled to meet on Friday, but it remains unclear if the Cook Islands will be able to field a team in their final group match.

 

Feedback: sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj

 



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