The looming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will see women in Papua New Guinea at the forefront of managing and running this global event.
The recent appointment of three female Venue General Managers by the FIFA Local Organising Committee is a testament of women playing important roles.
Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief Executive Officer, Seamus Martin, said the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Slogan is ‘To inspire and to Excel’ and LOC is proud to have these three women holding important roles. The roles will inspire women playing football on the pitch, women in administrative roles.
The women Venue General Managers are Toka Kini-Aua, Grace Yohang-Mataio and Frederica Sakette.
Toka Kini-Aua will be in charge of the Sir John Guise Stadium; Frederica Sakette will be looking after the PNG Football Stadium while Grace Yohang- Mataio will be in charge of the National Football Stadium.
Both Frederica Sakette and Toka Kini-Aua come from a sporting background. Kini-Aua had a football career spanning over 20 years whilst Yohang–Mataio an accountant by profession.
All three women have expressed deep satisfaction about their appointment and the role they will play in the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Bava Park Stadium will be managed by Emanuel Popoitai, a passionate footballer himself who is humbled to be given that opportunity to manage the stadium and will treasure for the rest of his life.
They will be travelling to Jordon for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held at the end of this month to gain insight on the role they will be plying during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea.
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will start from the November 13 to December 3, in Port Moresby.