Sport: PNG praised for U20 World Cup hosting

12:23 pm on 2 December 2016

The head of the local organising committee says Papua New Guinea should be very proud of its hosting of the FIFA Women's Under 20 World Cup.

North Korea and France will contest the tournament final tomorrow night at the National Football Stadium.

Speaking at a press conference in Port Moresby yesterday, CEO of the Papua New Guinea 2016 Local Organising Committee, Seamus Marten, said the country has stepped up to the mark.

"As a nation we should be very proud, as a city Port Moresby has stood up, as a football family the PNG football association has delivered, and also as individuals from the entire workforce to all the spectators, we have given a very good account of Papua New Guinea," he said.

"I know that our visiting teams and guests have left with warm memories of the country and the tournament."

FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO Seamus Marten.

FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO Seamus Marten. Photo: Supplied

Mr Marten said Port Moresby now has stadiums dedicated to football which is something they did not have before.

FIFA Manager of Women's Competitions, Rebecca Smith, said despiter some challenges the tournament has generally been a success.

"There have been some amazing crowds and the participating teams have provided some very positive feedback, and have some positive experiences to take away from PNG," she said.

"It has been one of the best attended events that we have had, not just in terms of numbers, but in terms of atmosphere at the stadiums.

"The crowds have really gotten behind all the teams, and the experience for the fans and the teams has just been phenomenal."

The FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup opening ceremony at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.

Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby during the World Cup Opening Ceremony. Photo: PNG Football Association