(Motuan sailing vessel)
|Association||Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA)|
|Head coach||Frederica Sakette|
|Most caps||Deslyn Siniu (43)|
|Top scorer||Meagen Gunemba (23)|
|Home stadium||Sir Hubert Murray Stadium|
|Current||46 1 (13 December 2019)|
|Highest||47 (September 2019)|
|Lowest||133 (September 2014)|
| Australia B 2-0 Papua New Guinea |
(Brisbane, Australia; 26 March 1989)
| Papua New Guinea 13-0 Kiribati |
(Nausori, Fiji; 30 June 2003)
| Papua New Guinea 0-16 New Zealand |
(Sydney, Australia; 19 May 1991)
|OFC Women's Nations Cup|
|Appearances||8 (first in 1989)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2007, 2010, 2014)|
The Papua New Guinea women's national football team is controlled by the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA). Its nickname is the Lakatois, which is a Motuan sailing vessel. Their home ground is the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium, located in Port Moresby and their current manager is Peter Gunemba. Deslyn Siniu is the team's most capped player and top scorer.
Papua New Guinea has never qualified for a FIFA Women's World Cup or the Olympic Games, but won the Pacific Games Football Tournament on four occasions (2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015) and finished second in the OFC Women's Nations Cup three times (2007, 2010 and 2014). It can be considered the second-best team in the Oceania Football Confederation after New Zealand.
Since September 2017, Papua New Guinea's FIFA ranking is 119, which means the team is unranked. Their highest ever ranking was 48, in December 2014 and December 2016-March 2017, and their worst ranking was 133 in September 2014.
Papua New Guinea played its first international game on 26 March 1989 in the Australian city of Brisbane facing the Australia B-side on the 1989 Oceania Cup. The match resulted in a 2-0 loss for the Papuan team. Geraldine Eka was Papua New Guinea's first scorer, on the lost game against Taiwan (6-1). In the two remaining matches, their rivals were New Zealand and Australia (senior team), with whom they lost both games. The Papuans finished on the bottom of the table, after being defeated in the four games.
The team participated on the 1991 and 1994 editions of the Oceania Cup, with the second being on home soil in the country's capital, Port Moresby. In both editions, they faced Australia and New Zealand, losing to them by thrashing defeats. During that period, Papua New Guinea got its biggest loss, 16-0 with New Zealand. Both tournaments also served as the qualifiers for the first FIFA World Cup, held in China in 1991 and the second, in Sweden in 1995.
The 1998 Oceania Cup in New Zealand saw a small improvement on the national team. They finished in the third position of the competition after beating Fiji 7-1 on the third place match. Other results include a victory over American Samoa and two defeats with Australia and New Zealand.
After 5 years without playing any games, Papua New Guinea re-appeared with coach Francis Moyap, in the 2003 Oceania Cup, celebrated in Australia during April 2003. The Papuans finished third once again. This edition included two new rivals: the Cook Islands and Samoa, teams which they defeated by 5-1 and 5-2, respectively. Midfielders Lydia Banabas and Glenda Matthies were notable players in this competition. Papua New Guinea had an average attendance of 412.5 people per match.
On the same year, the Papuan squad participated in the inaugural South Pacific Games women's football tournament, held in Fiji during June-July. This time, the national team achieved their biggest victory in their opening match, 13-0 over Kiribati, with Deslyn Siniu scoring a total of six goals for her country. With 13 points, thanks to four victories, one tie and one loss, Papua New Guinea won the gold medal in this competition. This time, the Papuans had an average attendance of 800 people per match.
Despite having won the Pacific Games tournament, the national team did a regular performance at the 2004 Olympic qualifying tournament, where it faced Australia and Fiji in a round-robin system competition.
The team appeared in the 2005 Arafura Games tournament, and finished with poor results.
Without Australia in the OFC, Papua New Guinea hosted the Oceania Cup again in 2007. All the games were played in Lae. This time, the team won against their neighbors, the Solomon Islands and Tonga (in fact, by an own goal scored by Tonga's Mele Vaisioa Mahe Niukapu). On the last game, the team lost the chance of qualifying to the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China after losing to New Zealand.
The Papuans won their second gold medal in Samoa in the 2007 South Pacific Games. In the group stage, the team had very impressive victories (6-0 against American Samoa; 4-0 against the Solomon Islands; 4-1 against the Cook Islands) and a narrow loss (1-0 against Fiji). It advanced to the semi-finals along with Tahiti, and won 5-0, allowing them to advance to the final game, where they confronted Tonga at the Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex. After a hard game, Papua New Guinea won 3-1 after extra time with the help of Daisy Winas, Ara Midi and Lydia Banabas. The aforementioned was the national team's top scorer again, with a total of eight goals. Thanks to this result, the Papuans qualified for a play-off against New Zealand to determine Oceania's representative at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Papua New Guinea played the Olympic play-off qualifier on 8 March 2008, but they lost 2-0.
With an attendance of 60 people, the Lakatois started their 2010 Oceania Cup campaign facing Fiji at the North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Papua New Guinea won the game 3-0 with a scoreline of 1-0 in the half-time. Both the second and third matches (2-1 against the Solomon Islands and 3-0 against Tonga, with an own goal of the Tongan goalkeeper Lupe Likiliki) resulted in victories. Papua New Guinea advanced to the semi-finals to beat the Cook Islands by 1-0. The final, disputed on 8 October 2010, saw the Kiwis and the Papuans struggling once again for the Oceania Cup title in front of an audience of 900 people. New Zealand finished as the champion for the fourth time, after thrashing Papua New Guinea 11-0.Zeena Limbai had a brilliant participation, after scoring four goals for PNG.
With one goal from Miriam Louma against Tahiti, the Papuan team started their 2011 Pacific Games road in New Caledonia, coached by Steven Mune. They achieved a second victory, against American Samoa, by 8-0, including an own goal. It was followed by a loss against the hosts, New Caledonia (2-1) and a victory over the Solomon Islands (1-0). The national team advanced to the semi-finals, where they faced Fiji, winning the game 4-0. In the gold medal/final game, the Papuan squad confronted the Caledonians for the second time in the tournament. Christelle Wahnawe scored for the Caledonians and Ara Midi and Linah Honeakii for the Papuan team, thus making 2-1 the final result. PNG received the gold medal for the third time.
PNG failed to qualify for the London 2012 Summer Olympics despite having a very good performance on the first stage of the qualifiers, disputed in Tonga from March to April 2012. They had an attendance average of 973.8 people per match.
With the former Australian footballer Gary Phillips as the squad's manager, Papua New Guinea started the 2014 OFC Nations Cup winning 4-1 on home soil, at the Kalabond Oval in Kokopo against the Cook Islands. The Lakatois were defeated by the Kiwis 3-0 on the second game. The tournament finished with a 3-0 win to Tonga. Meagen Gunemba was PNG's top scorer, with four goals, and goalkeeper Fidelma Watpore was awarded with the Golden Gloves.
The national team finished first in the Group B of the 2015 Pacific Games (on home soil), and had a victory against Samoa to advance to the final match, facing New Caledonia. Marie Kaipu gave the Papuans a fourth gold medal after scoring on the 21st minute.
The Lakatois' latest game was the 2016 Olympic qualifier against the Kiwis, which resulted in a 7-1 loss. A second leg was supposed to be played, but the Papuan team couldn't travel to New Zealand due to visa issues.
|World Cup record||World Cup|
|1991||Did Not Qualify||4||0||0||4||0||47|
|Olympic Games record||Olympic Games|
|1996||Did Not Enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2004||Did Not Qualify||2||1||0||1||2||10|
|2020||To Be Determined|
|Oceania Women's Cup|
|1983||Did not enter|
|2018||Third Place||3rd Place||5||4||0||1||22||9||+13|
|2019||To Be Determined|
Win Draw Lose
|Australia Defense Force||1||0||0||1||2||8||-6|
Caps and goals updated as of 20 July 2019, after the game against Samoa.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Fidelma Watpore||9 February 1988||16||0||POM|
|20||GK||Betty Sam||12 October 1992||5||0||Kimbe|
|23||GK||Faith Kasiray||20 December 1999||3||0||Ramu|
|4||DF||Lucy Maino||2 August 1995||9||2||UH Hilo Vulcans|
|14||DF||Joelyne Aimi||16 November 1994||6||0||Lae|
|16||DF||Michaella Kurabi||13 April 1996||3||0||Madang|
|19||DF||Georgina Bakani||6 December 1996||9||0||Kimbe|
|3||MF||Margret Joseph||4 January 1999||10||0||POM|
|5||MF||Sandra Birum||6 June 1992||30||9||Lae|
|6||MF||Rayleen Bauelua||11 January 1995||9||1||POM|
|7||MF||Yvonne Gabong||29 August 1996||17||3||POM|
|8||MF||Serah Tamgol||14 September 1999||0||0||Lae|
|9||MF||Deslyn Siniu||2 January 1981||46||19||POM|
|11||MF||Marie Kaipu||16 August 1997||14||12||POM|
|12||MF||Ramona Padio||13 March 1998||14||13||Kimbe|
|17||MF||Shalom Waida||15 February 2001||2||0||POM|
|10||FW||Meagen Gunemba||4 June 1995||17||23||Lae|
|13||FW||Selina Unamba||24 November 1999||9||4||Lae|
|18||FW||Gloria Laeli||25 March 1997||2||0||POM|
|22||FW||Asaiso Gossie||18 April 2003||3||0||Ramu|
The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|DF||Rita Mayang||13 July 1995||2||0|
|DF||Merolyn Sali||30 October 1998||2||0|
|DF||Judith Gunemba||11 May 1993||8||0|
|DF||Carolyn Obi||7 May 1995||6||0||Lae|
|DF||Olivia Upaupa||12 March 1997||4||0|
|DF||Stephanie Gani||18 February 1993||3||0|
|DF||Fidorah Namuesh||4 December 2002||1||0|
|DF||Kesai Kotome||20 December 1991||3||0||Lae|
|DF||Isabella Natera||24 December 1999||0||0||Madang|
|MF||Eunice Nabalu||30 December 1991||1||0|
|MF||Theresah Boie||10 July 1995||1||0|
|MF||Elizabeth Elizah||9 January 1996||1||0|
|MF||Jacobeth Bani||21 June 1996||1||0||Madang|
|MF||Alison Paulias||11 February 1999||0||0||Morobe Wawens|
|MF||Belinda Giada||1 December 1999||0||0||Vitis Yamaros|
|MF||Marity Giada||4 July 1999||0||0||Vitis Yamaros|
|FW||Cynthia Pulou||16 September 1998||1||0|
|FW||Jacklyne Maiyosi||18 July 1998||0||0||Alotau|
Caps and goals correct after match against New Zealand on 23 January 2016.
Head coach: Rachel Wadunah
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Fidelma Watpore||9 February 1988||13||0||Besta United PNG|
|18||GK||Lace Kunei||12 October 1997||0||0||Madang Fox|
|5||DF||Carolyn Obi||7 May 1995||6||0||Sobou FC|
|14||DF||Kesai Kotome||20 December 1991||3||0|
|19||DF||Joelyn Aimi||16 November 1994||3||0|
|7||MF||Jacobeth Bani||21 June 1996||1||0|
|10||MF||Sandra Birum||6 June 1992||21||8||PAG Port Moresby|
|13||MF||Ramona Padio||13 March 1998||5||2||Murat FC|
|22||MF||Deslyn Siniu (Captain)||2 January 1981||41||19||PAG Port Moresby|
|6||FW||Yvonne Gabong||29 August 1996||8||0||PAG Port Moresby|
|9||FW||Marie Kaipu||7||3||NCD PSSA|
|11||FW||Georgina Kaikas||10 April 1995||13||3||Madang Fox|
|12||FW||Meagen Gunemba||4 June 1995||8||10||Besta United PNG|
|15||FW||Gloria Laeli||25 March 1997||1||0|
|17||FW||Grace Stevens||19 February 1995||2||0||Besta United PNG|
|#||Name||Caps||Goals||First cap||Latest cap|
|1||Deslyn Siniu||43||19||June 30, 2003||January 23, 2016|
|2||Miriam Lanta||31||5||April 5, 2003||September 9, 2011|
|3||Kathrina Salaiau||26||0||August 25, 2007||April 4, 2012|
|4||Lydia Banabas||24||15||April 5, 2003||October 8, 2010|
|5||Daisy Winas||22||5||August 25, 2007||October 29, 2014|
|6||Sandra Birum||21||8||September 30, 2010||January 23, 2016|
|7||Tracey Kigg||20||1||April 5, 2003||September 7, 2007|
|8||Julie Alau||18||3||April 5, 2003||September 7, 2007|
|9||Linah Honeakii||17||3||September 30, 2007||April 4, 2012|
|Linda Bunaga||17||0||August 28, 2007||September 9, 2011|
|#||Name||Goals||Caps||Average||First cap||Latest cap||Position|
|1||Deslyn Siniu||19||43||0.44||June 30, 2003||January 23, 2016||MF|
|2||Lydia Banabas||15||24||0.62||April 5, 2003||October 8, 2010||MF|
|3||Meagen Gunemba||10||8||1.25||October 25, 2014||January 23, 2016||FW|
|4||Sandra Birum||8||21||0.38||September 30, 2010||January 23, 2016||MF|
|5||Ara Midi||6||9||0.66||August 25, 2007||September 9, 2011||MF|
|Zeena Limbai||6||9||0.66||September 30, 2010||October 25, 2014||FW|
|Rumona Morris||6||14||0.43||September 30, 2010||October 29, 2014||FW|
|8||Miriam Lanta||5||28||0.18||April 5, 2003||September 9, 2011||MF|
|Daisy Winas||5||22||0.23||August 25, 2007||October 29, 2014||FW|
|10||Fatima Rama||4||8||0.50||March 1, 2012||July 13, 2015||MF|
|Unknown||1989-2003||17||2||1||14||11.8||1989 OFC Championship - Third place|
1991 OFC Championship - Third place
1994 OFC Championship - Third place
1998 OFC Championship - Third place
|Francis Moyap||2003-2010||29||16||1||12||55.2||2003 OFC Championship - Third place|
2003 South Pacific Games - Champions
2007 OFC Championship - Runners-up
2007 South Pacific Games - Champions
2010 OFC Championship - Runners-up
|Steven Mune||2011-2012||14||11||0||3||78.6||2011 Pacific Games - Champions|
|Gary Phillips||2014-2015||11||7||1||3||63.6||2014 OFC Nations Cup - Runners-up|
2015 Pacific Games - Champions