U20s worthy ambassadors, improvement noticed: Cole

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By HENRY MORABANG
THE Papua New Guinea Under-20 women’s soccer team resumed training at National Sports Institute in Goroka after taking a break from their month-long United States tour.
Coach Lisa Cole said the trip has been amazing and she was proud of her team.
“It isn’t just about results out on the field but also about the people these young women are becoming and what is possible if we support them,” Cole said.
She said in the seven matches against American university teams, the PNG women showed noticeable improvement, and the experience gained from the tour would be invaluable to the young side as they approached the top-tier of football.
Their final match against Georgetown University drew a large crowd of US-based wantoks, including American minister Rev Stephen Michael Leach, whose ministry (SML Ministries) is widely followed in PNG, PNG’s ambassador to the US Rupa Mulina, businessman Mathew Wari and acclaimed photographer Patrick Leahy.
Cole said the PNG U20 women’s team proved themselves worthy ambassadors of their country.
Pennsylvania State University women’s associate head coach Ann Cook said: “Soccer is a medium through which we can communicate, no matter the circumstances.”

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