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Kimbe girls experience joy of football

Over 300 young girls flocked to Kimbe Soccer Association Oval last Friday as the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) hosted the U20 Talent Identification programme for girls ages 14-19.

With the goal of identifying talented girls throughout the country, PNGFA also visited West New Britain Province in preparation for building a strong team for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup next year, the programme brought girls ages 14-19 together to participate in soccer activities in giving opportunities to talented and prospective players to show off their soccer talents.

Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) Technical Director Taku Niebo says the Talent Identification Programme is a chance to give opportunity to wider participation throughout the country.

It is a test for the towns and village girls to experiment their knowledge of the sport and it’s only fair to stretch out and reach to the village girls who also have the potential to reach new heights.

“With this programme we anticipate that more young girls in rural areas who are talented will be identified because the PNG government is funding huge amount of money to identify potential players all around the country.”

It was also great to see our young girls around the country being recognised and appreciated for what they did in TIP. I think it was also wonderful to see how much girls could be involved in football.”

The Talent Identification programme was held from 10am to 2pm with all girls getting involved in the football activities.

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