FIFA U-20 World Cup mascot launched

first_imgThe mascot nicknamed ‘Susa’ (sister) made her first public appearance in front of 15,000 football fans at the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup grand final between PNG and New Zealand.The chosen mascot is a bird of paradise – a symbolic animal that is unique to Papua New Guinea.The bird of paradise is also the national emblem of Papua New Guinea, and its colours – red, yellow and black – represent the colours on the flag of the host nation.The headband represents the traditional head dress worn throughout the four regions of the country.According to Thierry Weil, FIFA director of marketing, Susa is young, charming and appeals to the younger audience and represents the host country.“The official mascot has been created to capture the enthusiasm of fans from all over the world who can identify with Susa, an active and sporty mascot that embodies the joy of playing football.“She is fun-loving, friendly and fair, which makes her the perfect ambassador for the tournament with the growing number of young women in Papua New Guinea who have been inspired by the hosting of the tournament in their home country,” said Weil.“The unveiling of the official mascot marks another milestone in our preparations towards hosting a tournament of this calibre.”President of the PNG Football Association, David Chung added that Susa is a fitting ambassador for the tournament and her uniqueness symbolises the diversity of Papua New Guinea.“Susa will become an ambassador to spread the message of football throughout Papua New Guinea that the world is coming in November,” said Chung.Susa will soon embark on a tour of the provinces with the aim at motivating and encouraging young Papua New Guineans to play football.last_img

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