31 Mar 2012

Sport: PNG footballers hoping to set up home decider

10:31 am on 31 March 2012

Despite a favourable draw, the Papua New Guinea womens football team is conscious that a poor performance in today's Olympic football qualifier could spell the end of their London dream.

New Zealand was seeded directly through to the final round of Oceania qualifying while PNG had to win a four-team tournament in Tonga earlier this month.

The first leg is in Whangarei today with the return leg in Port Moresby on Wednesday.

PNG coach Steven Mune says playing the final match in front of their own fans is a big boost to their Olympic hopes but he says that won't count for much if they lose badly today.

"It's good to get the match underway. it's our game, very important for us, and we just have to stay focused and when we go back home it's going to be advantage to us so, especially the heat it's going to be there with us, and it will be not so much on our effect, it's going to be the effect on the New Zealand team but then important leg is this Saturday."

PNG coach Steven Mune.