Time to get serious: PNG FA President

PORT MORESBY, 07 OCTOBER 2015 ( POST COURIER) ---Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) president David Chung is going to lose more hair than he has right now.

Chung has fought for PNG to host the 2016 women’s U20 World Cup, but is now pulling out more hair than he can handle at the moment with several obstacles threatening to derail PNG’s bid.

Chung, who is also the president of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and FIFA vice-president said the pressure cooker is about to blow with a October 15 deadline for his organising committee to satisfactory meet all the tasks formulated by the FIFA delegation, following their last visit to PNG.

Chung said there were some glitches facing the working committee, who he said are working overtime with all stakeholders.

"Basically what the FIFA executive committee wants to see is a time line of work between now and November next year. "That confidence has to be given by the contactors….this is our biggest challenge," he added.

"So far medical, security plan is on track, plus the PNG Sports Foundation has been conducive to our needs.

"We are doing an agreement for usage for the Lloyd Robson Oval as well so cooperation is good," he said.

Chung said the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium has been a difficult hurdle, but is hopeful of getting a positive response from the Curtain Brothers general manager who was out of the country and will be back today.

"We are down to the three national stadiums…one cannot be left out to complete," he added.

Chung said Lae is on track but the cost to build depends on the National Government to make commitment to fund or not.

"Otherwise we can sell the idea with three stadiums in Port Moresby.

Everything must be of world class with the added infrastructure’s to integrate medical and doping control room, referees rooms, sufficient space for changing rooms and washing rooms for both teams, media and security rooms and a VIP lounge, he said.

"The stadium must have sitting bucket seat and not on flag cement is amongst the tasks that have to be met," he added.

He said all venue hosts signed agreements with FIFA and PNG must live up to expectations.

"National interest must come first," he added....PACNEWS 


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