Venezuela pay visit to fan zone


THE football followers flocking to the fan zone of the Under-20 women’s soccer World Cup were given a pleasant surprise by the appearance of the Venezuelan squad.
Photos, hugs, ball skills and laughter were all in abundance on an enjoyable afternoon for all last Friday in Port Moresby.
Venezuela made room in their schedule to meet and spend time with a host of fans, who had headed to the Vision City Mega Mall.
“To be honest, we’ve been shown so much warmth right from the moment we arrived in the country,” striker Vimarest Diaz said.
“I’m very happy about that, while the enthusiasm everyone is showing is really infectious.”
The event started with Diaz saying a few words of welcome to those present, on behalf of herself and the rest of the squad.
After being handed an enthusiastic reception, which included a dance routine, the Venezuelan youngsters made their way to a mini- football pitch, where they shared a space with several local teams.
Once the mini games were complete, the Venezuela starlets wowed spectators by showing off their individual ball skills.
“PNG has welcomed us so well,” defender Neily Carrasquel said.
“The people here are very warm, friendly and they’ve always got a smile on their face.
“We’re being well looked after in the hotel too, so I’m very happy with this whole adventure.”
Once the football fun ended, the selfies and autographs began and there was no shortage of boys and girls seeking out the players — who themselves happily took the time to sign photos, souvenirs and smile for pictures and selfies. –

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