Coach Cole: PNG to focus on improving standard

Papua New Guinea will focus on improving standard in the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup underway in Port Moresby.

PNG head coach Lisa Cole said they aim to learn as much during the World Cup as playing at this pace is new for the team.

Cole said the pressure is not on winning but on what is important and that is continuing to improve from game to game.

PNG did not qualify on merit for the World Cup but are required to take part as a host nation.

Cole admitted that they have to build on their confidence and focus and this is the first step for PNG in women’s soccer. 

“Every country had their first world cup at some point and they didn’t go out and win their first game so we need to continue to look at improving.

“When we look back on it this would be an incredible moment for PNG football to have played in front of a full house that had Papua New Guineans come out to support.

“Soccer fans are going to look back on the game and see that the players didn’t just kick and run but they tried to play hard,” Cole said. 

Cole added that the future is very bright if the country invests more in PNG women.

Quintina Naime