PM MARAPE CONGRATULATES PNG WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM ON 2-1 VICTORY AGAINST FIJI

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape has congratulated the Papua New Guinea women's soccer team on tonight's 2-1 victory over Fiji in the final of the OFC Women's Nations Cup in Suva.

PM Marape said it was the "best news" for PNG after a week of bad news about election-related violence.

"Papua New Guinea wanted something to be happy about, especially after all the bad news about election-related violence, and that's exactly what our young women soccer stars delivered tonight," he said.

"We came together as one people, one country, one nation tonight.

"Our young women warriors united us all after all the disunity caused during the elections.

"I joined in with the rest of the country tonight in watching the game and am one very proud Papua New Guinean.

"I thank all our players, support staff and management for tonight's historical win which sets the stage for our entry into 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.

"They deserve a heroes' welcome as they return home for a well-deserved break, and the start preparing for 2023."

PM Marape, who met the team while attending the recent Pacific Islands Forum in Suva, said the Government would continue to support it through the National Gaming Control Board and Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd.