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Simongi left for New Zealand

Besta PNG United and former PNG national U17midfielder Emmanuel Simongi left for New Zealand on Tuesday.

Simongi has been given opportunity once again to be part of the OFC Education programme at One Tree Hill College.

The youngster from Lae who was part of the OFC training program last year for three months will once again join the other 13 participants in a three months training under Oceania Football Confederation training program.

PNGFA General Secretary said they were proud to send Simongi once again for the six months attachment under OFC scholarship in New Zealand.

“We are proud to send Simongi once again to New Zealand to further gain his knowledge and become a professional player. “Mileng said.

He said that PNG Football believed that he had a talent to be a professional player and that was why they chose him to go back again and further his education.

“We have seen the talent in young Simongi playing with Besta PNG United in the National Soccer League this season and we believe that he can be a professional player in future which will be very beneficial for PNG Football.”

The Oceania Football Education Programme – powered by AIA’ in Auckland, New Zealand to support aspiring young Asian and Pacific footballers.

The partnership sees AIA, the largest independent publically-listed pan-Asian life insurance group, supporting a scholarship programme which enables 13 participants from around Asia Pacific to spend two terms in Auckland where they will benefit from some of the best coaching and facilities available in the region.

Young Simongi said he was once again excited to be part of the OFF Education program.

“I am very much excited to be part of the training program because I learnt a lot during my last stay.”Simongi said.

The scholarship provides funding to cover education – including English language training – coaching, accommodation and living costs of all 13 participants to attend One Tree Hill College while participating in the OFC Education Centre.

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