Caption: Faith Kasiray of PNG saves a shot – Photo by FIFA via Getty Images
TWO new stars were born last Sunday night when PNG bowed out of the U20 FIFA Women’s World Cup losing 7-1 to Korea DPR at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.
PNG women’s first ever goal scorer Nicolette Ageva was obliviously the famous star on the night getting all the lime light for her goal against the Asian heavy weights.
But sharing the same accolades as Ageva was 17-year-old Faith Kasiray who no doubt saved PNG from further embarrassment when she played like an experience goalkeeper to shut out Korea DPR from having a goal scoring party.
Kasiray who was given the nod ahead of regular keeper Lavina Hola, to play in PNG’s last Pool A match did not let the opportunity go to waste, playing the game as if it was the last time to play soccer on this earth.
Hola featured in PNG’s other two Pool A matches against Brazil and Sweden but was unlucky not to get the gloves against Korea DPR.
Kasiray in an unbelievable effort denied Korea’s DPR strikers from scoring at will making 16 saves against the Koreans who had a total of 30 shots with 21 on target but only seven finding the net.
PNG had total of two shots and they were on target but were starved off the ball getting only 30% possession to Korea DPR 70%.
An emotional Kasiray was in tears at full time knowing she did her best in a losing side that just wrote themselves into PNG soccer folklore.
“At first I was nervous but my coach always said it’s ok to be nervous because you are a human been if you not normal than you are abnormal so yeah I was quite nervous at first but when I was out there I was determined to give my best, my coach told me to just give my best regardless of the result I just gave my best,” said Kasiray in an interview after the match.
“I thought our game improved in defence and attack, the girls improved in those areas compared to our last two games (against Brazil and Sweden).
“Obviously we were abit nervous coming into the game against Sweden knowing we had to play hard for our country because it was our last match in the world cup on home soil.
“Regardless of the score we knew we just had to give our best and play our best game.
“Our aim was to come and achieve one goal and that was to score a goal and we did that, at least we achieved our goal.
“For me as a goalkeeper my aim was to come out and play and save many goals as possible and it’s a very proud feeling to play in front of your home crowd, Papua New Guineans.”