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Cole brief PNG Sports Foundation

She made this comment while briefing one of PNG Football Association’s partners, the PNG Sports Foundation, on preparations of the team.

“The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is not a small sporting event. It is the biggest event for women footballers, and it needs everybody’s support,” she said.

Cole said it was not about her, the coaching staff or PNGFA. It would take the whole of PNG to make it successful.

She said PNG U-20 women’s team would use the National Sports Institute (NSI) in Goroka as the base leading towards the 2016 FIFA U-20 World Cup in November/December.

In front of the media, Cole told PNG Sports Foundation chairman Graham Osbourne, executive director Peter Tsiamalili and NSI director Janet Gimot on how important a role the institution could play to support the U-20 women soccer team.

The benefit of hosting the World Cup event is enormous which would bring a lot of benefits into the country through economic activity, tourism, and infrastructure. It will have a greater social impact on women being part of the world game played in Papua New Guinea.

She has a yearly plan for the U-20 leading towards the event in November. The most important agenda is development plans for individual players and to get some good competition.

“I have planned for 25 games which is something U-20 players or even the seniors must have to improve their performance. We need competition to gauge the performance of the team whether locally or internationally,” Cole said.

The coach further said they needed to create a healthy environment and team culture.