Representing one’s country is a privilege every sports men and women gazes upon, says young Emmanuel Simongi a member of the PNG U17 national soccer team who are currently in New Zealand for few friendlies in preparation for the OFC U17 Championship in Tahiti next month.
The 17 year old-athlete who made up the inaugural intake of the OFC Education Centre and spend three months of intense training in New Zealand last year, said it was a privilege to represent the country, however, a mammoth task lay ahead for them.
Coach Harrison Kamake will be counting on Simongi to lead the youngsters at the OFC U17 Championships. Simongi a grade 12 student at One Tree Hill College in Auckland, New Zealand, said he is grateful to be part of the occasion and will draw on the experience inspiration for his sporting future.
“I will see this championship as a stepping stone for me. I am so privileged especially after spending three months of intense training at the OFC Education Centre in Zealand, am glad to take that experience with me to the OFC U17 Championship in Tahiti next month.” Simongi said
“I know that discipline and commitment are very important and I am doing my best in those areas.”