The national airline of Papua New Guinea, Air Niugini, and the telecommunications company Telikom PNG have been announced as National Supporters of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which will be held in the country’s capital, Port Moresby, this coming November and December.
Air Niugini plays a crucial role in Papua New Guinea’s economy and provides vital air transport services for local communities and the tourist industry. The airline operates a domestic network from Port Moresby and Lae, in addition to international services covering Australia, Oceania and Asia. As a National Supporter of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, Air Niugini will provide in-kind assistance comprising air travel discounts and other promotional activities.
As a National Supporter of the competition, Telikom PNG builds on its strong foundations of supporting football in Papua New Guinea, having actively supported the country’s national football league since its inception in 2007. Telikom PNG will provide facilities and support to FIFA for the broadcasting of the competition, which will see the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup reach over 200 million people around the world. The company will also provide phone lines and internet services for the four stadiums hosting matches throughout the three-week tournament.
Speaking about the announcement, FIFA’s Director of Marketing Thierry Weil said: “We are very happy to welcome Air Niugini and Telikom PNG as National Supporters of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2016 and are looking forward to collaborating with them to build excitement around the tournament. I am sure they will both play a valuable role in what is set to be a great month of football in Papua New Guinea.”
Following the announcement, Papua New Guinea Football Association President David Chung highlighted that the inclusion of the two nationally owned companies as National Supporters for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup was a boost to the tournament. He said: “Their partnership with FIFA and the Local Organising Committee will bring some local flavour to the tournament and create a buzz around this great event which Papua New Guineans are following closely.”
The eighth edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be played in four venues in Port Moresby from November 13 to the December 3, 2016, with 16 countries vying for the trophy.