Papua New Guinea international Felix Komolong starts in US opener

Papua New Guinea star Felix Komolong played his first game of the season in front of 1,500 fans in America this week.

The 20-year-old defender from Lae started for Northern Kentucky University in America as they lost 3-0 to USL side FC Cincinnati in a pre-season friendly.

Despite the loss the game was played in front of a loud and passionate home support as they played a team currently in the second division of US football.

Komolong, whose boyhood hero is Papua New Guinea national team captain Michael Foster, wore number 5 for NKU during the match and continued his football development while studying for a degree.

The Papua New Guinea star, who has 14 caps for his country despite his young age, has a bright future ahead of him. He has already had a trial at German giants Werder Bremen and has experience playing in New Zealand for Canterbury United.

Felix, who spent time in Germany as a teenager, is following his older brother, Alwin Komolong. Alwin played for NKU before signing for Stuttgart Kickers in the German fourth division last year.

Felix is not the only Oceania player to play for North Kentucky University. New Zealand u17 and u20 World Cup midfielder Connor Probert also started the match, while attacking midfielder Alex Grieve is also from New Zealand having been born in Auckland and played for Auckland City u17s.


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