PNG Football Association president David Chung confirmed plans are underway for lead up matches against local clubs in Thailand, Japan, Korea and United States.Chung said with the government’s assistance of K2 million through the National Gaming and Control Board, they will be able to carry out their training programs in preparation for the World Cup.PNGFA has appointed Lisa Kou from the United States as the national coach. She will be in the country on 26 Nov and will be staying with the girls in camp until next month.The team is staging its trial camps at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.Coach Kou returns from the States in January and will be full time coaching the team.The train-on squad of 30 players will be finalised by next month and that will be trimmed down later to the final squad.“Currently we are still doing trials so we haven’t finalised the full team.“The training will consist of a few months of intensive training and then they will have to travel a lot to attend international warm up matches for exposure,” said Chung.Team officials and PNGFA will be in talks with the parents to negotiate with them and the schools on whether the players will be able to leave school for a year and fully concentrate on training.
JOCKEY QUOTESKENT DESORMEAUX, EDDIE HASKELL, WINNER: “There were some harrowing moments down the backside and that was probably (What’sontheagenda’s) best chance to beat ‘Eddie’. After about a hundred yards I sent Eddie to quicken the pace and Agapito came with me, then he finally pushed the button and cleared us off, it made it really nice for the mount that I had, he’s just phenomenal, when I pushed the button he gave me whiplash, popped a wheelie and took off and went after the leader.“I’m having fun riding fabulous horses like this one.”AGAPITO DELGADILLO, WHATSONTHEAGENDA, SECOND: “I really didn’t want to open up too much. I tried to save a little more for the end, the winner was just too tough.”TRAINER QUOTESMARK GLATT, EDDIE HASKELL, WINNER: “He’s a top horse going five-eighths (on turf). He won throttled down today, man. That was impressive. I wasn’t worried about where he was early. I thought I was running the best horse. He’s learned to come from a little bit off the pace and I think it’s even made him a little better horse going five furlongs. It was cool.Any instructions? “Kent knows the horse. He’s ridden him a couple of times. He’s an easy horse to ride.”“We just hope we can keep him healthy and take it race by race and if he gets us to the Breeders’ Cup in the end of the year I’m sure we will take a shot.”OWNER QUOTESJIM HAILEY, CO-OWNER WITH PHIL WOOD, EDDIE HASHELL, WINNER: “Mark (Glatt) has done a great job with this horse. When Mark called me and said he wanted to claim this horse, when he had a 10-month layoff, I thought he was absolutely crazy.“It was a lot of money, but we took his recommendation and it’s worked out great. We couldn’t be happier.”NOTES: The winning owners are Philip Wood & Jim Hailey.Eddie Haskell and jockey Kent Desormeaux win the Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes, Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO