Giada balances training and class

The 16-year-old, from Buana village in Lae, Morobe, is based in Ramu, Madang, and plays for the Yamaros Eagles Football Club in the Ramu Soccer Association.

She made her debut for the country in the U15 side that took part in the 2014 Youth Olympics in China.

“I try to use every local or international game to improve my striking skills,” she said.

Giada said one of her achievements being part of the gold medal-winning national side in last year’s Pacific Games.

“I have learned a lot while with the senior team and one of the experiences that I will never forget is being part of the senior team that beat New Caledonia during the 2015 Pacific Games,” she said.

Belinda Giada is now being selected to be part of the Papua New Guinea U20 Women World Cup train-on squad after her outstanding performance last month during the U17 Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) World Cup Qualifier in Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

The no-nonsense striker was supposed to do her Grade 8 at the Saint Luke’s Primary School in Ramu, Madang and was at first worried about her schooling but now she is glad to continue her education while training for the November event at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands.

Giada said most of the girls have enrolled at Grammar School to do grades 8 to 12 and they are all focused now to balance their school and training for the World Cup,” she said.

She said being a lethal striker did not mean that she had already secured a placing in the final squad of the U20, there are three other strikers in the camp that all play the striking role.

“The coach will have the final say,” she said.

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