To commence the 100 days count down yesterday, the Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, PNG Sports Foundation
Executive Director, Peter Tsiamalili Jnr; Local Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer, Seamus
Marten; PNG Football Association (PNGFA) Senior Vice President, Linda Wonuhali and PNGFA General
Secretary Dimirit Mileng where present to witness the digital countdown to 4pm, which is the kick-off
time for the first match of the U-20 Women’s World Cup that will be played at the Sir John Guise
Stadium on November 13.
The countdown clock will be displayed on the digital screen located outside the Sir John Guise Stadium,
opposite city hall.
Local Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer Seamus Marten said the countdown clock will be
visible to the residents of Port Moresby who will play host to this world sporting event.
“One of our goals is to fill up the stadiums come November so the countdown clock will act as an exciting
reminder for us and the residents of Port Moresby of how long until the kick-off as well as help build up
the hype for the event,” he said.
Marten said with 100 days to go, the Local Organising Committee is working very hard to ensure that
the stadiums are filled with spectators and fans come November.
He said preparations have picked up speed within the Local Organising Committee, with each functional
area ensuring that they have everything in place come November.
“This is the biggest sporting event of this stature that has ever been held and broadcast from Papua
New Guinea to the world. It is a unique opportunity for Papua New Guinea as the host country to show
the world we can,” Marten said.
“We’ve had meetings with venue managers and training venue owners as well as held meetings with
respective government agencies who are involved with the preparation to synchronise all our efforts
towards ensuring we are ready for kick off, he said.”
“We have achieved a number of key milestones, we’ve launched the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
mascot, Susa. We also launched the FIFA legacy programs, 11 For Health and Live Your Goals. Recently
we commenced the 16 Teams in 16 weeks awareness campaign through the media as well as the use of
digital billboards around the city” Marten said.
Upcoming milestone events will see the launch of the Official Song, an Official Ambassadors Program,
introduction of the Winner’s trophy and the establishment of a dedicated fan zone that will operate
during the tournament.
It is hoped that through the hosting of this World Cup, more women and girls will be inspired to excel in
their respective careers and there will be an increase in girls being part of the legacy initiatives.
An estimated 175 million viewers will be watching the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup from over 100
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be held from 13 November to 3 December.