The Papua New Guinea national women’s soccer team have had their second camp last week as they prepare for the 15th edition of the Pacific Games to be held in the Papua New Guinea capital of Port Moresby in July.
With 68 more days to go before the games kicks-off the women’s head coach Gary Phillips said the training camp had been going well and it’s a good chance for the team to get together to give him a great opportunity to access everybody and see where they are in their strengths and weaknesses.
The camp also gives an opportunity for him to look at different players especially with few new faces in the team to provide the team with some options.
Phillips said the final squad of 23 players has not been finalised yet and the door is still open for anyone who has the potential to improve the squad.
The team will have two more training camps with a camp plan in May and one in June, with an international friendly prior to their preparation into the Pacific Games.
During the one week camp in Goroka Phillips has been working with his players on improving their strengths and weaknesses and at the same time continue to evolve the squad to identify areas needs to fix.
“Challenging teams like New Zealand and other best teams in the world, we need to keep the ball better so possession is always the key in modern football,” says Phillips.
He is happy with the reception in Goroka and hoping this will continue in other parts of the country as they strive to defend their gold medal.
The girls also took part in the 2015 Pacific Games baton relay when the baton travelled to Goroka.