THE Papua New Guinea Women Under-16 team has confirmed their withdrawal from this years Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) U-16 Women’s Football Championship in Apia, Samoa.
The championship is set to kick off today, 4 August to 25 August at JS Blatter Sports Complex in the capital of Samoa.
According to the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) General Secretary Dimirit Mileng, Papua New Guinea’s withdrawal from the competition was due to the delay process of each players NID (certificate) to lodge for their passport.
Mileng said it may sound trivia but the situation was not our doing but the government office responsible for assisting processing the certificate.
Meanwhile, a chance for Papua New Guinea to participate in this year’s U-16 championship in Samoa is now cancelled.
Papua New Guinea is scheduled to face Solomon Island, Cook Islands, Fiji and American Samoa Group B while New Zealand leads Group A with Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti and New Caledonia.
The country’s U-16 women’s team have appeared three times in the U-16 OFC championship and claimed the runner up position in the 2012 and 2016 championship, whist this year will be the fourth time for the country to enter the competition.
The defending champions, New Zealand have won the 2016 OFC U-17 Women’s Championship held in the Cook Islands.