The National, Friday 14th of February, 2014
VISITING soccer technical experts for Oceania Football Confederation and Asia Pacific Football Academy will be in the country to develop a stronger player development pathway.
OFC Technical Director Patrick Jacquemet and Asia Pacific Football Academy Director of Football Giovani Fernandes will conduct the OFC/PNGFA Regional Academy course which will be spread between Port Moresby and Lae.
The six day course kicked off in Port Moresby yesterday and will later be held at the PNGFA Football Academy in Lae, Morobe province.
With OFC’s mission to develop a stronger player development pathway in Papua New Guinea, the six day course is one of its key initiatives to identify local football talent in both the coaching and player ranks.
The visiting experts will deliver the workshop in conjunction with their colleagues at the PNGFA Technical Department and Jacquemet is adamant the six days will be fruitful for football.
“We will travel to review the PNGFA Technical activities and finalise the calendar for 2014 and at the same time we will follow up what we started last year in the National Academy Programme in Lae. We also want to start a Youth Academy programme in Port Moresby,” Jacquemet said, while stressing PNG’s need for regional leadership in soccer.