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PNGFA bid for U-20 World Cup

PNG will toss its hat in the ring along with several other nations for the biennial event. PNGFA president David Chung said the decision on the bid winner would be made in December.

The Women’s U20 World Cup was first played in 2002 and the last one was held this year in Canada. Germany beat Nigeria 1-0 in the final.

Incidentally, Zimbabwe and South Africa withdrew from bidding process for the 2014 tournament leaving Canada to win unopposed.

Chung said FIFA required a letter of guarantee from the government of the bidding nation as well as other relevant documents.

The winning bid nation automatically qualifies for the tournament. If PNG is successful, it will become the first Pacific Island nation, not including Australia and New Zealand, to host a FIFA-sanctioned age-group World Cup.

The World Cup will see 15 nations plus the host compete. The PNGFA, with the help of the O’Neill government, must convince FIFA that this country will be ready and able to host a tournament of such magnitude.

Port Moresby will have the infrastructure by that time owing to its Pacific Games development but a World Cup cannot be hosted in just one city. The PNGFA will have to develop venues in several other towns and cities.

Lae, Kokopo and even Wewak have been touted as the likely places that will host matches. The big undertaking because all venues will need to brought up to international standard and that will cost a significant amount of money.

Chung said hosting the World Cup will put the country on the football world map and present opportunities for exposure and recognition of our women who have always ranked highly in the Pacific.

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