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PNG women’s squad announced

Mune, who coached the Papua New Guinea women to a historic third Pacific Games title in a row in September, named a 29-strong wider squad in November and has put that group through its paces over recent weeks with training centres in Port Moresby and Lae.
The players were given one more chance to impress during a final training camp in Lae last week before Mune sat down to make his selection for the Oceania qualifiers for London 2012, set to take place in Tonga during March.
The bulk of the squad was part of the line-up which secured that ground-breaking gold at the XIV Pacific Games in Noumea with a total of 11 players – Fidelma Watpore, Kathrina Salaiau, Linah Honeaki, Dorcas Sesevo, Agai Max, Defney Francis, Barbra Muta, Jaqlyn Chalau, Sandra Birum, Deslyn Siniu and Ramona Morris – all surviving from that campaign.
Many members of the squad are based in Port Moresby but those that hail from other areas are expected to head to the capital in mid-February to join the rest of the team.
Mune and his charges will then embark for Australia to finish off their preparations with a one-week camp in the Gold Coast.
Once in Tonga, Papua New Guinea will come up against six of the eight other OFC member associations who are International Olympic Committee members – namely American Samoa, Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu – in a tournament based on a league system with semi-finals and a final.
The winner of the preliminary stage final will then play New Zealand in a home-and-away play-off for a place at the London Olympics.
PNG women’s squad for Olympic qualifiers
Sandra BIRUM
Jaqlyn CHALAU
Defney FRANCIS
Aida GEROTA
Linah HONEAKI
Georgina KAIKAS
Esther KENATSI
Zeena LIMBAI
Agai MAX
Ramona MORRIS
Barbra MUTA
Esther MUTA
Fatima RAMA
Kathrina SALAIAU
Dorcas SESEVO
Deslyn SINIU
Kiwi TOVA
Claire TSUGA
Fidelma WATPORE
Daisy WINAS
For more on Papua New Guinea football go to www.pngfootball.com.pg


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