Papua New Guinea (PNG) has rugby league as a national sport. However, through the work of the Papua New Guinea Football Association, there is a strong effort on the ground to develop the game in this country. PNG are slowly getting better in terms of not only the Oceania Club World Cup competition (where Auckland City are regular winners) and in terms of the Oceania Qualification section for World Cups (where New Zealand qualify from). With the World Cup expanding, there is extra motivation from the Oceania nations to develop in order to reach the World Cup final stages for the first time.
With the assistance of the FIFA Goal Program, a technical centre, the first of its kind in the region, is being built in Kimbe, West New Britain, to focus on grooming young players through structured development programmes.
In a change to the project approved by the Goal Bureau on 3 December 2006, the second project will see the upgrading of the already constructed national football academy in Lae.
As the Diya Hope Football Academy Group, we are keen to ensure that all of our programs are run hand in glove with the PNGFA to ensure that we are not only value adding to the work they are doing developing the game in PNG, but they are also in a position where they are value adding to the total Diya Hope Football Academy Group network and the programs being based out of NZ.
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