Cup experience thrills Gabong

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By HENRY MORABANG
PAPUA New Guinea Under-20 women’s soccer captain Yvonne Gabong says participating in the World Cup is a great experience which will help lift the profile of women’s football in the country.
The part Madang and Manus woman was given the captain’s band to lead the team in their World Cup  debut at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby on Sunday.
“We were a little nervous and excited before the match. We couldn’t believe our moment had arrived,” Gabong said.
“Playing in a World Cup is a great experience.
“I think it will lift the level of women’s soccer in the country.
“I’m proud that I was elected captain to lead these women.”
Meanwhile coach Lisa Cole said her inexperienced side would have learnt much from their World Cup bow.
“We fought from the beginning to the end,” Cole said.
“I’m proud of the players. They were hoping to do a little better than they did, so we will have to work on the confidence.
“This is the first step for PNG women’s soccer, it isn’t the end.
“We will look back on this as an incredible moment for local women’s football. The future is bright if we make more of an investment. PNG face Sweden tomorrow.

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