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U-15s get ready for Nanjing

The team was in camp last week at the PNGFA Academy with preparation underway for the event.

The team have three training camps with one has been staged in Goroka last month, the second one held last week in Lae and the third one will be at the end of June, then in July the team hope to play some lead up matches in different countries overseas before heading off to China.

PNGFA has engaged the service of Nicola Demaine from OFC to help out with the coaching staff in some of the coaching to help the girls give their best shot at the tournament.

Nicola, from England, has been involved in coaching for nearly 20 years and is now the OFC Women’s Football and Grassroots Development Officer.

Nicola said the focus this week for the team is on defending. It is also an opportunity for the players to look at themselves and what they need to do to develop as a player.

The young girls will have to prove themselves for a place in the team in this camp and the third camp coming up in the end of this month as the team will be trimmed down to 18 women squad to represent the country.

Nicola’s advice to the U-15 girls, and any girl wanting to pick up football, is work hard and don’t give up.

And as a footballing tip she says all up-and-coming players should make sure to develop their left and right foot.

Nicola will be working closely with Margaret Aka as the Head Coach and Mae Koime as the Fitness trainer to complete the team and lead them over to Nanjing, China.