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Padio hopes to make final cut

But being in the Papua New Guinea women’s national soccer team of 23-member training squad for the Thailand friendly has given her the motivation to train hard and make the final cut for the Pacific Games.

The 17-year-old, knows that this is her first year to make the break-through straight into the senior rank and making the final 23 for the Pacific Games is all that matters to her at this point.

Padio, who completed her grade 10 last year at Kimbe Secondary School in West New Britain Province started playing soccer in 2003 as a 5 years old girl, playing in the Pikinini Sport competition.

With encouragement from her grandparents, she made it into the school competition and got selected in 2011 to represent Kimbe for the U-20 championships in Goroka.

In 2013 she was picked for the Kimbe-select side for the Besta Cup and PNG games.

“This is the only representative game that I have played and to be in the training squad for the senior women’s soccer team is a great achievement for myself,” Padio said.

The young striker who plays for Shaq 21 FC in the Kimbe soccer association competition who have the skills, speed and striking power caught the attention of women’s coach Gary Phillips at the PNG Games in Lae last year – little did she realise that she would be in the women’s soccer team.

Padio said there are lot of good players in the squad and she is aware that to be in the final 23 means to put everything into it because we all want to represent the country – especially on home soil.

“My aim now is to give all my best at the international friendlies in Thailand and achieve my goal,” she said.

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