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PNG chasing a spot in Rio

After laying claim to their fourth consecutive Pacific Games title in July beating New Caledonia 1-0, the women are now one step closer to realising their dream.

The PNG women will go out and have a game against the best team in the Oceania to see where they stand.

With the months counting down to what will be their biggest clash against the regional heavyweights New Zealand in a home and away series, the team will be heading into their second training camp next month at PNGFA Academy in Lae.

Led by coach Gary Philips, the team is also planning for a friendly in Thailand probably in November or December and possibly one in Australia on their way back depending on the venue of the 1st leg.

“I want to get my team into a good frame of mind before going into the tournament, and I would likely maintain the same team who won the gold medal but that doesn’t stop me from looking for possible ones,” said Philip.

Papua New Guinea have not won a game against New Zealand but with a little bit of form and momentum from the July Pacific Games, coach Philip urged his players to have self-belief in themselves.

“Nothing is impossible and I believe we can deliver if we improved on combination play with the ball and to maintain possession to create more goal scoring opportunities,” said Philip.

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