Former PNG footballer makes history

Becoming the first woman in Papua New Guinea to receive an OFC B Licence has left Margaret Aka feeling both humbled and grateful.

The former PNG women’s soccer international said the path to this achievement has been long and hard but she is thankful to the PNG Football Association for the opportunity.

When her playing career came to a close after almost 20 years, Aka knew she had more to offer.

As a volunteer, Aka was soon given an opportunity to attend a grassroots coaching course then went on to lead the OFC Just Play Programme in PNG and in 2014, was in charge of the national U-15 girls team at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Wanting to give back to the community is a strong incentive for the 42-year-old Aka, encouraging more coaches to follow the pathway to an OFC A licence. 

Sophie Yaruso