|Port Moresby set for 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup|
Football fever is expected to grip the country as the November kick off approaches with this a first for a Pacific Island nation in Oceania, apart from New Zealand.
According to the programme, special guest Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is expected to officially unveil the emblem of the FIFA U20 World Cup-PNG 2016.
Officials invited to the unveiling include the Sports and Tourism Minister Justin Tkatchenko and the National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop and representatives from FIFA’s commercial affiliates, plus members of the diplomatic corps.
The Government committed K10 million to support the hosting of the World Cup this year, and a further K2 million to train the national team in the lead-up to the event.
While most of the funding for the tournament estimated at US$35 million (K100.5m) would be met by FIFA, PNG’s contribution would be for infrastructure and support elements and would be spent in PNG and to generate local jobs.
O’Neill said the benefits of hosting the U20 Women’s World Cup outweighed the challenges and would be another demonstration of the country’s emerging place in world forum.
“Sport is an international industry in which involves many countries and PNG must tap into this global market,” O’Neill said.
“Sports is part of our community development agenda and encourages healthy families. One of the important outcomes from developing our facilities is that they will be used for decades to come to ensure encourage healthy lifestyles.
“There are a number of direct benefits that come from an international competition such as the U20 Women’s World Cup with tourism promotion an obvious advantage.”
Before O’Neill’s address, PNGFA president David Chung addressed the audience on his vision and the goals to take soccer to another level.
Chung, who is a FIFA vice-president, was the man behind all the hard work to bring the world cup event to this part of the world.
Sixteen teams are confirmed to take part in the November 13 to December 3 event in Port Moresby and they are: AFC – Japan, North Korea, South Korea, CAF – Ghana, Nigeria, CONCACAF: Canada, USA, Mexico, CONMEBOL: Brazil, Venezula, OFC: PNG (host), New Zealand, UEFA: France, Germany, Spain, Sweden.