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PNG U-20 Women’s Team prepare for friendly games

The tri nation series is part of preparations in the lead up to hosting the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in November.

The PNG U-20 Women’s team who are currently based at the National Sports Institute in Goroka will be using the series to prepare for the World Cup.

The PNG U-20 Women’s coach, Lisa Cole said unlike Japan and USA, they have had two years of preparation while the PNG team has just had a couple of months training.

Cole said they have done evaluations and a lot of fitness based testing from a physical perspective and are excited to be preparing for the matches at the end of May.

“Our upcoming training will look at how we play, what our pressures going to look like, what our systems will look like so I’m looking forward to the training with the girls,” she said.

“Playing against teams like Japan and USA will help us prepare because right now it’s hard to know what we don’t know,” Cole said.

The original squad had 28 players and this has been trimmed down to 22. Cole said evaluations are still on going so they would not be naming the final squad until around October.

The tri nation’s series will be held at the Sir John Guise Stadium on 24, 27 and 30 May, and will coincide with the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) Nation’s Cup.

PNG will play Japan on Tuesday 24 May with Japan taking on USA on the 27th. PNG will then play against USA on the 30th of May.

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be held from November 13 to December 3. A total of 16 teams will be participating, including USA, Japan and Papua New Guinea.

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