Korea DPR thanks PNG

Korea DPR has extended its appreciation to Papua New Guinea for successfully hosting the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup 2016 in Port Moresby.

Coach Hwang Yongbong thanked the hotel staff that accommodated the team, the Local Organising Committee and the PNG Football Association for hosting them.

Yongbong was very happy and proud of his players for winning the tournament trophy.

The coach attributed the win to every player who played their part in contributing to the win against France on Saturday at the National Football Stadium.

Korea DPR was unbeaten throughout the tournament, defeating Sweden 2-0, Brazil 4-2 and PNG 7-1 in the group round, beating Spain 3-2 in the quarterfinal and beating the United States 2-1 in the semifinal.

Yongbong stressed that Korea DPR now has double celebrations this year for winning both the U17 and U20 Women’s World Cup 2016 tournaments.

“This doesn’t mean we will stop here, we have to set higher goals with more hard training for upcoming tournaments in the future.

“When we return to our country, we are expecting a big crowd to welcome us at the airport,” Yongbong said.

France took home silver, Japan finished in third place taking home the bronze medal after defeating USA who finished fourth in the tournament.

The Adidas Golden Boot went to Mami Ueno of Japan, Gabi Nunes of Brazil received the Silver Boot and Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius received the Bronze Boot.

The Adidas Golden Ball was awarded to Hina Sugita of Japan, Kim So-hyang of Korea DPR received the Silver Ball and France’s Delphine Cascarino received the Bronze Ball.     

The FIFA Fair Play Award was awarded to Team Japan.

Quintina Naime