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PNGFA prepares girls for overseas duties

The two soccer tournaments will be held simultaneously at the Centre Park in Mangere in Auckland on April 9-14.

The U17 squad:
Esther Metlem (goalkeeper), Lavinia Hola, Carolyn Obi, Bridget Kadu, Maggie Weva, Dinna Awele, Delvinna Yakuc, Talitha Irakau (defenders), Alisandra Aipi, Joan Aidaboe, Alexia Stephen, Maravai Vulia, Wendy Agibe, Fiona Vulia, May Mogi (midfield), Joy Tsuga, Rumona Morris, Georgina Kaikas, Ramona Lorenz and Biangka Gubag (forwards). The team manager is Pansy Sawan, assistant coach is Kevin David and coach is Fredrica Apeh.

The U20 team:
Daisy Vero Isaac, Dephane Flinders (goalkeepers), Miriam Louma, Judith Kepulau Gunemba, Stephanie Gani, Dinah Dabinyaba, Domitila Michaelyn Waipo, Esther Kenatsi, Rayleen Miriam Bauelua, Lakele Simon (defenders), Delma Olga, Ambrias Descintha, Dong Danas, Gira Chung (midfielders), Concintah Batot Lalo, Meagan Wayom Gunemba, Elizaberth Hugo, Roslyn Namban, Sandra Birum, Lydia Kose and Serah Arajo (strikers).The head coach is Max Foster, assistant coach is Miriam Ruth Lanta, team manager is Susan Watpore Steven and physio is Philip Keriaka.

In the U17 event, PNG will be joined by hosts New Zealand, the Cook Islands and New Caledonia to playoff for a spot in the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup to take place in Azerbaijan in Sept 22 to Oct 13.

The teams from New Caledonia, New Zealand, Samoa and PNG ­ will also compete in the U20 qualifiers for a place at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Japan from Aug 18 to Sept 8.

Both tournaments will be played in a round-robin format on alternate days starting with the OFC U17 Women’s championship.

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