Legacy top priority

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By ISAAC LIRI
LEAVING a lasting legacy from the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea is a top priority, according to a Fifa executive.
Chairman of the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup Sonia Bien Aime said that she hoped the legacy would grow in the years to come.
“I sincerely hope that this tournament will leave a legacy for women’s football to build on here in PNG so that girls who want to play football can do so,” Bien Aime said.
“In regards to the infrastructure here in PNG, it is clear now that Port Moresby has fields that are dedicated to football which is something football hadn’t had before,” local organising committee chief executive officer Seamus Marten said.
“Underpinning that, of course, were the actual programmes rolled out, including the Live Your Goals programme in the lead up to the tournament.
“That led to a Meri Futbol programme being implemented in centres across the country during the tournament.
“On top of that there are other Fifa projects like the academies that are to be developed specifically for women’s football.
“I think we’ve inspired a generation,” Marten said.

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