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Joseph aiming high

The 16-year-old, of mixed East Sepik and Gulf parentage, said after captaining the PNG U15 side to the Olympic Youth Games in 2014, captaincy was not something she actively pursued but after being appointed again to lead the U17 girls to the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) World Cup qualifier in Cook Islands from January 14-24, it was something she wanted to excel at.

Joseph, who completed her grade 12 last year at the Gerehu Secondary School in Port Moresby and is currently waiting for an offer to continue her tertiary education, said she knew it would be a long journey to achieve her goal of representing — and captaining — other representative sides but she had already achieved that at the U15 and U17 levels so the challenge was to see how far she could go.

“For me, I’ve come to realize that leadership is something that can be applied in any area — and in sports teams, it is just as important,” Joseph said.

The fullback said she was only starting out in women’s soccer but she hoped to learn from the experiences leading and playing at international tournaments.
She admitted one of the problems she encountered when appointed to the role in 2014 was speaking.

“I am not a good speaker but since given the role, I’ve trying improve in this area because it is very important to be able to communicate with the team you are leading,” she said.

Joseph is the eldest in a family of three and says her experiences in the U15s and U17 training has seen her become a role model to her siblings.

“I’ve got two brothers and being a national sports representative, I want to show them that their big sister is achieving her goals and making the most of her talent — not just as a player, but as a leader as well.”

Joseph plays for the Yamaros senior women’s side in the Port Moresby Soccer Association.

Joseph has now make it into the PNG U20 side and she is currently in Goroka under the watchful eyes of PNG U20 coach Lisa Cole.

Making the senior side is her ultimate sporting goal.

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