Believe in PNG’s capabilities, says Tkatchenko

Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko has called on Papua New Guineans to absorb the success of the FIFA Under 20 World Cup, and to start believing in what the country is capable of.

Tkatchenko made this call after the successful completion of the world football event on Saturday night.

“It is time to stop doubting and start believing,” he said.

“In the space of 17 months, Papua New Guinea has been able to successfully deliver the Pacific’s sporting ultimatum, the Pacific Games 2015, and this world sports event, the FIFA Under-20 WWC.

“That is an achievement we can all be very proud of.”

Tkatchenko also heaped praise on Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and the Government for making the bold decision to back the country’s hosting of the World Cup.

“About 300 million, could be more, television viewers from around the world witnessed our hosting of the Games, and experienced a glimpse of our culture.

“Furthermore, our world-class facilities ensured that the next generation of top class footballers were able to play,” stated

Tkatchenko hailed the PNG Sports Foundation CEO Peter Tsiamalili Jnr and his team, which includes heads of Government Departments respectively, and the thousands of local manpower that worked around the clock to ensure delivery of the new mini stadiums.

“I also congratulate David Chung and the PNGFA for putting its hand up initially to host this World Cup, as well as the FIFA-LOC for a successful event.

“Finally and most importantly, congratulations to the people of Port Moresby and Papua New Guinea for making this event the World Cup it truly is.”

(France celebrating their goal during last Saturday’s grand final)

Press release