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Papua New Guinea wins FIFA bid

For David Chung, it is a dream that has materialized.

“I have always dreamt about wanting PNG Football to be on top of the helm for the men and women in Oceania, both on the field of play and in administration,” he said.

“I wanted to prove to my football fraternity that if we have the will, we can do it, he said.

“No one ever dream of PNG hosting any FIFA tournament nor did many people on the FIFA executives and administration as well,” he added.

“I have done my part by managing to convince the executives and confederation presidents by ensuring my trust in them.”

“So now we have to prove we can so that FIFA does not regret giving the opportunity for PNG to host,” he added.

Chung acknowledged the bid consent of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and NEC, plus letters of guarantees from several government statutory bodies including the PNG Sports Foundation, that paved the way for the win.

“The National Government were able to see the huge opportunities that lie in wait,” he added.

“Their support gave me the motivation, courage and determination to push for bid win,” he added.

Chung pulled off a coup that may not be rivalled for a long time yet.

Despite PNG having to challenge for the bid with Sweden, none of the FIFA executive committee which included all the confederations, plus the UEFA president opposed the bid.

All voted in favour in a unanimous vote for PNG to be the first Pacific Island nation to play host to a World Cup tournament of this stature.

PNG is now only the second country in Oceania to host FIFA competitions apart from New Zealand, who has played host to two tournaments, plus Tahiti hosting the beach version of the game.

Sixteen of the top playing nations throughout the world will come to PNG with playing venues tentatively at this stage to be in Port Moresby, Lae and Kokopo. As host PNG will also take part.

Reality has hit, and Chung who made that public commitment several years ago, has again proven a lot of critics wrong.

Chung said the staging of a FIFA competition will be great for profiling the country.

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