Spokeswoman for the local organizing committee in New Plymouth, Theresa Caley, has revealed that an official welcome party will be organized for all teams to be based there on May 29 at 6pm at Waitara’s Owae Marae.
Hungary will be the first team to arrive in New Plymouth to complete preparations for the FIFA under-20 World Cup football tournament.
The Central European teams are due to arrive in the city late on Thursday, several days earlier than originally planned.
“They are currently in transit so are unable to confirm with them their exact plans for their stay in Taranaki,” said Theresa Caley, spokeswoman for the local organizing committee.
She however did not rule out the possibility of the Hungarian team playing in an unofficial warm-up match in the province before the start of the tournament proper.
“That’s currently a work in progress,” she said. “We are planning to catch up with them on Friday morning to gain a better understanding of their plans.”
Hungary only just qualified for the tournament, finishing third in their European qualifying tournament.
They lost their opening games 3-1 and 6-1 against Austria and Portugal, but then beat Israel 2-1 in their final game.