The three women were appointed as Venue General Managers (VGMs) to run the operations of the Sir John Guise stadium, National Football Stadium and the PNG Football stadium.
Local Organising Committee chief executive officer, Seamus Marten said the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup slogan is ‘To Inspire, To Excel’ and we are proud to have these three women holding this important role.
“We not only want to inspire women playing football on the pitch but also want to inspire women in football administrative roles,” he said.
The women VGMs are Toka Kini-Aua, Grace Yohang-Mataio and Frederica Sakette.
Mrs Aua will be in charge of the Sir John Guise Stadium, Ms Sakette will be looking after the PNG Football Stadium while Yohang-Mataio will be in charge of the National Football Stadium.
Frederica Sakette has a had a football career spanning over 20 years. Ms Sakette rose from playing football to becoming a coach and eventually as a football administrator. Ms Sakette sees this opportunity as the icing on the cake of her career.
Ms Kini-Aua on the other hand is a netballer and Yohang-Mataio is an accountant by profession. All three women have expressed deep satisfaction about their appointment and the role they will play during the World Cup.
Bava Park stadium will be managed by Emmanuel Popoitai. Emmanuel Popoitai, a footballer himself is very passionate about the game. For him the opportunity to be able to manage a stadium is a privilege which will be treasured for the rest of his life.
The four will be traveling to Jordan for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held at the end of this month to gain insight on the role that they will be playing during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 in November.
Mr Marten said the trip will be very good for the four because they will be able to gain an understanding of what their roles require of them during the tournament.
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be played from November 13 – December 3 in Port Moresby.