O’Neill wishes the best to all teams in FIFA U20 World Cup

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill , has welcomed the 16 teams competing in the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in Port Moresby over the coming weeks.

The Prime Minister said he is glad the matches have started well and that he appreciates the record crowds enjoying football in Papua New Guinea.

"In a world of uncertainty, sport is the great unifier,” the Prime Minister said.

"These young women are coming from around the world, from fifteen other countries, to compete in our country at the highest level for their age.

“Papua New Guineans will show them the greatest hospitality possible and see that they return home with great memories.

“From the first game there has been global excitement for the tournament we are hosting.

“I wish our girls the best of luck as they compete on the world stage, and I wish every athlete that has come from the visiting countries every success and the best competition.

“May you enjoy our facilities and make great friendships while you are in Papua New Guinea.”

The Prime Minister said hosting the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup is another example of the development that is taking place in Papua New Guinea and bringing the world to the country.

“Papua New Guinea has been changing so much, and now we are again hosting another world class event.

“Last year we hosted the Pacific Games, this year we host FIFA, next year games from the Rugby League World Cup, in 2018 we will host APEC and we are in discussion to be nominated to host the Commonwealth Games.

“There is a reason that our country is able to host international events now when we could not do so in decades gone by.

“As a country we have shaken off the past, we have moved on and we have a renewed self-confidence in what it means to be a Papua New Guinean.

“We are no longer the unstable country that the world saw in previous decades.

“Papua New Guinea is now a country that inspires confidence in the international investment community, and we have a secure and stable political environment that is bringing major events to our country.

“To all Papua New Guineans, our country is on display to the world again, and I urge you to get out and support our team and to support the visiting teams.

“This is the chance for us to showcase our diversity and our hospitality.

“I know this tournament will be a major success.”

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