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U-17 side enter final camp

The championship will be staged as a regional qualifier for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan.

The team have been training since October last year and are made up mostly of the U-15 squad which competed at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

They are now aiming to put their best foot forward in the regional qualifier to get a step closer to Jordan.

The girls will be relying on the services of captain Margaret Joseph and Belinda Giada, who both have experience playing at the highest level with the senior team.

PNGFA women’s development officer Frederica Sakette says the team have the advantage of having played together previously at a major world tournament two years ago.

“Most of the girls know how each other plays and are familiar with playing at a big tournament so the combinations are there,” she says.

“The newer members in the squad have settled in well into training and things are looking good.”

There are nine countries taking part in the championship, with the top two from each pool advancing to the semi-finals.

Pool A has Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and defending champions New Zealand, while pool B is made up of Fiji, Cook Islands, Vanuatu and PNG.

Papua New Guinea: Faith Kasiray, Veronica Vanua, Alison Paulias, Belinda Giada, Natasha Sagem, Loretta Yagum, Selina Unamba, Serah Tamgol, Margaret Joseph, Anila Robert, Samantha Matan, Anna Sos, Mellissa Jofari, Anna Malara, Dorothy Wamilat, Robertlyn Kig, Isabella Natera, Mercedes Hapoto, Brigit Paime, Eswin Mano Matlaun. Coach: Margaret Aka.

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