It is with deep sadness that Oceania Football Center report the passing of former Papua New Guinea international striker Neil Hans. The talented footballer died at the age of 35 after suffering a stroke. The information was recently confirmed by the Papua New Guinea Football Association.
Hans was a well-known figure in the Papua New Guinea football community, having played for a number of clubs including Hekari United FC, FC Port Moresby, FC Madang and Kagua Erave FC. However, it was with Hekari United that he achieved his greatest success, helping the team to win numerous titles.
Hans was a key member of the Hekari United squad that competed in the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, UAE. His skill and determination on the pitch were admired by fans and teammates alike, and he will always be remembered as a true footballing talent.
In addition to his club success, Hans also represented his country on seven occasions, scoring five goals in the process. One of his most memorable performances for the national team came in a 2-1 defeat against New Zealand in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, where he scored agains the All Whites. He was a true ambassador for Papua New Guinea football and will be sorely missed.
The PNG Football Association has sent its condolences to Hans’ family and friends, expressing its deep sadness at the loss of such a talented athlete. The football community in Papua New Guinea and beyond will always remember Neil Hans as a true icon of the game.