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U-20 women get financial boost

The funds were a commitment by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to support the team’s preparations for next year.

When handing over the cheque to PNGFA President David Chung, NGCB acting chief executive officer Imelda Agon said she was pleased to announce the sponsorship.

This funding will assist the team in its preparations towards next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup which is being held from 13 November to 3 December in Port Moresby.

The funding is part of the Government’s contribution to kick start preparations.

“It is pleasing to know that our young women are participating in this event,” Agon said.

“Sports set a platform as a stepping stone and I would like to congratulate the president and his team for the effort made in bringing the U-20 World Cup to PNG.

“It is not an easy task and the gaming board applauds Mr. Chung for a job well done.

“Whatever you do leading up to the competition, we are behind you,” she said.

Chung thanked the government through NGCB for the sponsorship, stating that it will go a long to helping the team.

The funding will also be used for training camps overseas leading up to the World Cup.

He added that it is a morale boost for the team.

Hosting the tournament also gave the PNGFA a chance to portray to the world that “we are not what they think.”

“I was criticised when I announced that PNG would put its hand up for this tournament, and now that we have achieved it, we must deliver,” Chung said.

He confirmed that Lisa Cole from the USA was the new women’s coach, with Margaret Aka as assistant and Vonnie Kapi Natto the team manager.

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