FOOTBALL’s most prestigious prize has made a historic FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola, touching down on PNG home soil yesterday.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy arrived at 12:30 pm yesterday at the Jackson International Airport in Port Moresby.
Present to receive the arrival of the trophy was General Manager of Coca-Cola PNG Limited Joyonto Chaudhury, event organizers Media Partners Limited, PNG Football Association Senior Vice President John Wesley Gonjuan, and PNGFA General Secretary Dimirit Mileng including local media personals.
A very proud Coca-Cola PNG general manager Joyonto Chaudhury spoke with excitement in welcoming the Trophy to PNG.
“On behalf of the PNGFA president and the executive committee, football players, supporters and the PNG Government we welcome you (trophy) to land on our shores,” said Mileng.
“We did not invite you to come to PNG but you choose to come to PNG and we are therefore very grateful that you recognize PNGFA and other FIFA member associations to welcome the trophy.”
“This is a historic visit in itself, in 2016 we hosted the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup and today marks another history for PNGFA. We hope this visit is an inspiration to our youths and younger generations of footballer.”
“Even though we did not qualify for the Cup but we are delighted of your coming,” said Mileng.
Former French football player and FIFA Ambassador Christian Karembeu from New Caledonia, who accompanied the trophy, said he hoped his presence with the trophy would inspire youths in Oceania to play football.
After the arrival the FIFA World Cup Trophy it was then escorted to Laguna Hotel for the official unveiling.
Representatives of the PNG Government, FIFA Officials and Coca-Cola executives were all present to witness the unveiling of football’s most coveted prize.
OFC and PNGFA President David Chung who unveiled the FIFA World Cup Trophy at Laguna Hotel said PNG is privilege to be selected as one of the country on the FIFA trophy’s international tour.
He said although we did not qualify, it is PNGFA’s dream that one day we will qualify and fulfil our wishes and dreams. (In the meantime), we have to work harder and invest deeper to development,” Chung said.