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PNG receives big welcome

This is the second match of Day One at the Sir John Guise Stadium.

The team was welcomed with a contemporary dance and fireworks display.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is also present to watch the match along with Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko and FIFA Oceania and PNGFA president David Chung.

The home side, in red coloured jersey, is led by Captain Yvonne Gabong.

The visitors, in yellow and blue uniform, will be out in full force.

As a normal practice, the team captains did the handshake for peace before the match kicked off.

Final countdown to FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup kick-off

Four matches will be played today at two separate venues.

Pool A matches will be played at the Sir John Guise (SJG) stadium and Pool B matches will be played at Bava Park.

The first two matches will kick off at 4pm.

Sweden and Korea DPR will take the field after the opening ceremony at the SJG stadium in front of an expected sellout crowd.

Sweden will be banking on key players Stina Blackstenius, Nathalie Bjorn and Tove Almqvist. Korea DPR has key players Ri Un Sim and Ri Kyong Hyang to help them through to victory.

​All 15 nations now in PNG

“After a long journey from distant corners of the globe, landing in a country one knows little about could perhaps have been daunting for the more inexperienced travelers among them, but we have made them feel more welcome in PNG,” Tkatchenko said.

All fifteen nations have now arrived in Papua New Guinea for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

However, the 315 young athletes need not have worried about the kind of reception they would receive upon arrival in Papua New Guinea.

More teams set to Arrive Starting Sunday

Brazil, the team to play the host team PNG in the second game of the first day will touch down from Singapore at 04:50hrs (4:50am) as the second team to arrive in the country.

Team Korea Republic is expected to arrive 40 minutes later  on PX 019 from Hong Kong and will be the third football team to arrive in the country.

Meanwhile, on the same afternoon the Papua New Guinea Women’s team will return from their New Zealand trials via Brisbane on VA 189  at 13:05hrs (1:30pm).

PNG U20 women’s team on final tour in NZ

The side will play three trial matches against New Zealand’s U-20 and U-17 sides to refine their final squad of 21.

However, the PNG side went down 8-0 in their first trial match against the New Zealand U20 squad on Sunday but had some good moments in the game.

PNG U20 women’s coach Lisa Cole after the game encouraged the team to keep working hard in doing the little things every time and trust each other and communicate in the field though they are making gains every time they play.

Moresby South’s 400 girls involved in FIFA games

The countries under the care of the electorate will be Spain, Nigeria, Brazil, and France.

Minister for Sports, APEC, and National Events, Justin Tkatchenko, said shirts will be printed with the flags of each country and given to the girls to wear as chaperones for each country.

He said the teams will have about two to three days between matches and will have time to visit the city and so will be looked after by the girls.

Selected communities have been tasked with each country and they are:

Ronaldinho’s bizarre new Olympic dream

The two-time World Player of the Year attended an event in Hungary on Tuesday to promote the launch of a new sport - which is played on something resembling a curved table tennis table.

Given that competitors are required to use their feet rather than their hands, there are obvious skills which can be transferred from the football field.

Technical ability and concentration are considered to be key attributes for top Teqball players, which suggests that it should be right up Ronaldinho’s street.

Brazil opens Latin America's first elephant sanctuary

Guida and Maia, both over 40 years old, are the first residents.

They will be provided with veterinary care and live out their lives in forested areas with pastures.

A US-based group bought the land to give the elephants a refuge as zoos in the region close and more laws prohibit the use of animals in circuses.

Barcelona let Neymar stay in Brazil ahead of qualifiers

Neymar will make his return to Barcelona following the September international break after he was named in Brazil's squad for the World Cup qualifying matches against Ecuador and Colombia.

The 24-year-old forward captained the home nation to glory at the Rio Olympics, netting a stunning free-kick in Saturday's final before scoring the winning penalty to defeat Germany and prompt delirious celebrations at the Maracana.

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Women make up majority of unbanked PNG population

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It has been pointed out that the majority of PNG’s unbanked population is made up of women, especially in rural and urban settlement communities.

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