The Official Mascot of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2016 was launched and presented to the public today in front of thousands of football fans at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.
The chosen mascot is a bird of paradise – a symbolic animal that is unique to Papua New Guinea – and is nicknamed “Susa”, which means “sister”, a name derived from a creole commonly used by Papua New Guineans.
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.
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.
Susa is expected to embark on a tour of the provinces aimed at motivating and encouraging young Papua New Guineans to engage in football.
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be held in Port Moresby from 13 November to 3 December and will see 16 teams vying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup title.