PORT MORESBY, (POST COURIER)—-The men’s national soccer team, Kapuls is currently undergoing training at the PNG Football Association academy in Lae with assistant coach Bob Morris.
Head coach Marcos Gusmao will be joining the team soon to continue preparations for the 2022 World Cup Oceania Football Confederation qualifiers in Doha, Qatar.
Gusmao who is waiting for his visa to arrive told the Post-Courier that he is happy to have been called up again to coach the Kapuls for the qualifiers.
“I am happy, as I always considered going back to coaching the team someday and that has happened.
“I am excited because I bring new training methods and I believe that I will extract the best from the players which will be good for all of them,” he said.
When asked about when he will be joining the team in PNG, he said: “My work permit is okay but I am still waiting for my visa which is still in process.”
The Brazilian professional football manager has been in contact with Morris and has talked to player Michael Foster a few times.
“I’m confident in my work, so I look forward to reaching the finals and if possible to win the spot. I’m not afraid of winning and I want players to believe they can beat anyone.
“We will have modern football training from the elite of world football just to focus on what we are going to do.
“Most veterans of the national team I have known them since they were young, others not yet.
The criteria I will use will be total concentration, not enough skill or experience, but focus and concentration,” explained Gusmao.
Meanwhile, when asked to give a background of his coaching career and experience in coaching a PNG team, Gusmao said: “The first time I was in PNG; I worked a lot with development which the national team played little or nothing.
“After I left, I started travelling the world. I’ve been to many countries and I believe that my experience with several players and coaches around the world brings with me the best in world football.
“I also graduated in physical education and pedagogy, which gives me very theoretical basis to teach and have more advanced methods in sports training,” he said.