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Monday, April 09, 2007

Oceania women's soccer World Cup qualifier kicks off in PNG today

The Oceania Women's World Cup soccer Qualifier will begin today in Lae, Papua New Guinea with participating teams inluding Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

Today's opening matches will see Tonga playing New Zealand while the Solomons take on the mights of PNG in the second match. An interval of 1 day will be used as a rest day through the duration of the tournament. The tournament will end on the 13th April. Team officials are expected to depart PNG from 13th-15th April.

OFC Officials have arrived in Lae on Friday last week and did the inspection of the preparation, particularly the Stadium Facilities and the playing pitch. The Tonga team has also arrived in PNG on Friday.

Solomon Islands and New Zealand were expected to arrive in Lae on Saturday. The PNG Football Association has arranged a chartered flight for all teams, match officials and media people from outside of Lae to travel in to Lae over the weekend.

The other OFC member associations in the Pacific will not take part in this women’s tournament due to unknown reasons.

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