The October 31st deadline is approaching for all venues to be ready to host the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup, and Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation CEO, Peter Tsiamalili Jr, says work is on schedule.
Meanwhile, PNG Coach Lisa Cole, called on football followers in the country to rally their support behind the PNG Women’s U-20 side.
By next Monday, the venue management for the National Football Stadium, Bava Mini Stadium at the Bisini Precinct, the Sir John Guise Stadium, and the nearby PNG Football Stadium will be handed over to the Local Organising Committee (LOC) headed by chairman, Seamus Marten.
This is to allow the various teams set up by the LOC to move in and take carriage of the venues with FIFA officials, who should all be in Port Moresby by this week to take charge in running the eighth edition of the biennial international women’s youth football championships.
Meanwhile, Cole said Papua New Guinea will go up against countries that have thorough development programs which are second to none, and it is important for the soccer follows in the country to appreciate the PNG U20 women’s preparation leading up to the event.
Cole said despite the mammoth task ahead of them, PNG will play the current format of Goal Keeper-Four-Two-Three-One. This will be the main shape of the line-up but would shift depending on when the team was attacking or defending.
As per the draw, the opening matches on November 13 are Sweden against North Korea, and Papua New Guinea versus Brazil, at the Sir John Guise Stadium, while at the Bava Mini Stadium, Spain will take on Canada, and early favourites Japan meet Nigeria.
Tickets are on sale online, and for the general public – tickets will start selling in November.