By Elijah Lavett – EMTV Sport, Port Moresby
History will be made when the Papua New Guinea women’s team make their first world appearance at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in November.
PNG won’t be the only team making their debut in the tournament, with recent qualifiers Venezuela also set to appear at their first U20 Women’s World Cup.
The tournament has previously been held in Canada, Japan and Germany and plays an important part in giving youth player experience on a professional stage.
There is doubt whether PNG will be able to deliver, in terms of services like transportation, organisation of fans and media personnel and officials. In 1998, Burkina Faso hosted the African Men’s Championships; it was a huge logistic challenge for visitors, with transportation delayed, or not arriving at all.
Many are hoping that this will not be the case for Papua New Guinea, as it plays host to 17 countries which include, Japan, South Korea, United States, Mexico, Ghana and Nigeria from Africa, Brazil, Spain and many more.
The competition is set to start on November 13, through to December 3.