Tisam football trio

The Tisam brothers Anoanga, Tuka and Nathan moved with their parents, Jonah and Violet Tisam from Papua New Guinea to Rarotonga almost 20 years ago and immediately started playing football.
Anoanga, Tuka and Nathan was first introduced to the game of soccer almost as soon as they had learnt to walk and was competing in local soccer competitions.
That early start and enthusiastic embrace of competitive football has enabled Anoanga, Tuka and Nathan to gain plenty of experience by their teens. All three brothers have represented the Cook Islands in the under 17 men’s age group and also in the national team.
The Tisam brothers have several international caps under their bout and will no doubt use their experience to stimulate the national team in the upcoming Waitakere match set to play on Saturday 20th August and the Pacific Games that will take place in New Caledonia.
Under the CIFA Youth Development Program Tuka completed a football scholarship in Auckland at Mount Albert Grammar. He also emerged further with football when he was signed by the Australian State League club in the Brisbane Men’s Premier League where he played for 12 months. Tuka was contracted to Pine Rivers FC and played in the first team. Tuka went onto to play in San Franciso, USA for 8 months under a semi professional club San Francisco Seals.
“I am excited about being selected to represent the Cook’s again and the same goes for my brothers. The preparations have been challenging both physical and mentally but playing for my country and winning games will pay off,” says Tuka.
The similarities with these brothers are that they can all score goals. Tuka normally plays in the mid field and up front while Anoanga and Nathan play in holding mid field and defence position.

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