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Destiny in their hands

The senior women have the OFC Nations Cup, the Oceania Women’s World Cup qualifier, in Lae in October, as well as next year’s Pacific Games.

Meanwhile the U-15 girl’s are preparing for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, China next month.

Senior women’s coach Frederica Sakette said says her side will use the OFC Nations Cup as their lead-up to the 2015 Pacific Games.

“The senior women will move into camp at the Lae Football Academy for three months from August to October before the Nations Cup,” Sakette says.

Sakette says the team comprises of experience and new talents but mainly the team is based on the U-20 players who recently participated in the OFC U-20 Women’s Championship.

The U-15 YOG team will leave for Nanjing on Saturday 2 August, one week prior to kick-off of the tournament. They are pooled against Venezuela and Slovakia.

A selected side has been in training since April and have attended a camp in Goroka and two in Lae.

Head coach Margaret Aka, with assistance from Oceania Football Confederation women’s development officer Nicola Demaine, said the players were playing in a tough tournament but would be competitive nonetheless.

Aka said in her team she believes she has the players who can make a challenge in China.

Aka knows that this is the first time travelling for most of the girls and said she is not expecting anything big from them but hopes this experience will take them to the next level in football.

“There’s talent in the team. Most players in the YOG selected side came through Member Associations around the country. Port Moresby contributed six players who were part of the Centre of Excellence program,” she explains.

“Though these girls have already started playing football with their own clubs, they also benefited from the COE programme by PNGFA. It was through the program that Port Moresby players were identified and selected to be part of the U-15 team.”

Papua New Guinea Girl’s U-15 squad:
Goalkeepers
Eileen DAVIAGA (Goroka)
Faith KASIRAY (Ramu)

Defenders
Isabella NATERA (Madang)
Natasha SAGEM (Lae)
Francisca MANI (Lae)
Margaret JOSEPH (Port Moresby)
Grace BATIY (Port Moresby)
Carol ALBERT (Bialla)

Midfielders
Mercedes HAPOTO (Madang)
Robertlynn KIG (Madang)
Samantha MATAN (Goroka)
Alison PAULIAS (Lae)
Marity SEP (Ramu)
Vicktyla JACKSON (Port Moresby)
Loretta YAGUM (Barra)

Forwards
Selena UNAMBA (Lae)
Belinda GIADA (Ramu)
Cheryl LING (Port Moresby)
Joanne MIPING (Yamaros)

Non-travelling reserve: Veronica Vanua (Goalkeeper)

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