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PNG prep for qualifiers

Last year the team were in camp in Goroka for two weeks along with national coach Lisa Cole and assistant Rachael Wadunah.

Cole said the team have been progressing well, working on their ability to improve attacking, defending and ball possession capabilities.

“Our main focus is to create a professional environment so that the players will continue to blend as a team in their preparation for the qualifier,” Cole said.

She added that the two weeks preparation in Goroka was good even though some players did not make it into the first camp.

In the current camp nine members of the PNG women’s U-20 train-on squad are in training with 13 members of the senior women’s side for the first leg of the Olympic Qualifier against New Zealand in Lae on January 21.

Assistant Wadunah said that the nine girls were selected in the senior side from the Goroka camp and that playing alongside the senior side would give them the necessary exposure in preparation for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in November.

The rest of the squad was made up of the Pacific Games gold medal-winning team.

“The last time we played against New Zealand was in Kokopo, East New Britain in 2014 during the Nations Cup, where they beat us 3-0,” Wadunah said.

After the first leg PNG will travel to New Zealand to play the second leg on January 26, with the overall winner from these two outings qualifying to represent Oceania at the Rio Olympics.

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