By WENDY KATUSELE
THE Papua New Guinea Under 15 soccer women's team to the regional World Cup qualifiers in Auckland, New Zealand next month left on Thurs for a training camp in Gold Coast, Australia before heading to the land of the long white clouds.
While the team is not expecting results at the Oceania Football Confederation Under 17 world cup qualifier, it anticipates exposure and international experience before the Commonwealth Youth Games in Singapore in August.
The Under 15 team has been invited to participate at the inaugural event, which is set to witness the biggest turn out of youths from around the Commonwealth countries.
Telecommunication Company Telikom PNG joined loyal soccer followers with showering the girls with their promotional items that included caps, polo shirts, water bottles, bags and complimentary A$5 international calling cards, one of the new products launched early this year.
In a brief ceremony on Tues at Telikom Rumana, team leader public relations Martha Rupa on behalf of the telecommunication company congratulated the girls for making the team adding Telikom was proud to help soccer and its backing of the sport continues with National Soccer League and smaller associations within the Papua New Guinea Football Association.
"On behalf of the Telikom board and staff we wish you all the best in the OFC qualifier," Rupa said.
The Under 17 world cup qualifier will held from May 12-17 with PNG pitted against an improved Tonga on the opening day.
PNG takes on host New Zealand, which has with four players who are current members of the senior New Zealand team.
The final match will be against neighboring Solomon Islands on the May 16.
PNGFA's development officer, Taku Niebo in thanking Telikom, said this will be the first ever national junior women's team to participate in the qualifier.
Niebo said PNG has been the queens in the South Pacific for the last three years under its development program; some of these players will go onto the senior team.