The members of the PNG Under 20 women’s national team for the World Cup, say belief is essential in their preparations leading up to the tournament.
Coming off the back of a series of international defeats so far, the squad know that the experience of training under head coach, Lisa Cole, will pay off in the long run.
For captain, Yvonne Gabon, her experience in the pacific games has put her in good stead, as leader of PNGs next crop of players, and her memories of winning gold, are still fresh in her mind.
A member of that gold medal winning team, striker, Ramona Padio, is a firm believer in success, and hopes that after the world cup ends she returns to West New Britain, to use her experiences to improve the sport back home.
Another young talent from the islands region, is winger, Nicollet Ageva, the opportunity given to represent the nation is one she relishes.
For defender, Margaret Joseph, the understanding of taking on the world’s best players, is one that she has learned to appreciate , although the fact that a number of the other country’s taking part in competition have far more experience than Papua new guinea, has not gone unnoticed.
All the players however, have one firm belief, that regardless the outcome in November , Papua New Guinea’s future will benefit by the experience.