Vanuatu goal scorers Ronaldo Wilkins (L) and Bong Kalo (R) celebrate a goal against Mexico. Credit: FIFA via Getty Images

The two Government Ministers rallying to give financial incentives to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Vanuatu Team, will hand the cash to the players as promised, on Children’s Day-July 24, 2017.

“Our target is to give Vt100, 000 to each player,” Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity (MALFFB) Matai Seremaiah conveyed in an interview with Vanuatu Nightly News’ Kizzy Kalsakau yesterday.

“Some of the sponsors have yet to give their contributions but we are still looking at the target of Vt100, 000 for each player.

“In Vanuatu, soccer is in the hearts of the people, but most of the time when our teams go out, play and don’t perform (to our expectations) we criticise them.

“So we initiated the idea that instead of talking and talking, let us do something for the boys.

“We raised the funds even before the tournament started, it wasn’t after their performance. We did it before-to give them the motivation, to let them know that we are behind them.

“I am very happy for the boys and I apologise for the delay but the boys will have their money.”

MALFFB Seremaiah explained that when the boys returned from the tournament, he was on a mission in New York.

“On our return, Parliament was in session, followed by events leading to the Presidential election,” he said. “Now that this is all over, we discussed the funds raised. “We will do the handing over for the players on July 24, Children’s Day. I think it is a good date, to acknowledge our children who had participated in the U-20 World Cup in South Korea.”

Minister Seremaiah met with the players from Luganville yesterday morning.

“They have agreed on the date,” he said. “Some of the players are still out, three are in Port Vila and one on Ambae.

“I am working on arrangements for them to be in Luganville for the occasion.”

There are three celebration sites in Luganville thus the venue of the handover is yet to be determine

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