A squad of 22 players is now in camp at PNG Football Academy in Lae with Head Coach Gary Phillips to monitor each players characteristics including their physical and mental capacity while at the same time spend time together developing team principles, appreciate and understand everyone’s qualities before the big tournament which is crucial to any success.
With two wins, one draw and one loss in their recent two week tour in Australia the focus of the team is now the OFC Women’s Nations Cup matchces against Cook Islands, Tonga and New Zealand.
The winner of this tournament will play in the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada and it will be a massive achievement for whichever team qualifird for the World Cup.
Phillips said the opportunity playing on home soil will provide great motivation.
“I think the team will be relaxed going into the tournament playing in front of family, friends and familiar with the food, climate and culture should provide an edge and a good advantage over foreign oppositions.
“But we respect every opponent, both Tonga and the Cook Islands have quality with New Zealand the obvious favourities, with the majority of their squad playing in Europe, America and Australia all year round.” Philips said.
“It’s very important that we are collectively strong but of course you need special players to provide something a bit different to break down the opposition.
“The future is positive right now with 7-8 players from the U-20 National team, all still under 20, progressing to the senior team and performing very well.
“Our task is to bring these players together consistently over the next cycle (World Cup/Pacific Games every four years) to give us every chance of taking the next step on the international stage.”