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American Samoa finalises U-20 squad

OFC will stage the championship at North Harbour stadium on Auckland’s North Shore. American Samoa, Cook Islands, defending champs New Zealand and Tonga will compete for a place at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2010 in Germany.
FFAS President Iuli Alex Godinet announced the squad and team officials that will be travelling with the team to FFAS club presidents and parents in an official ceremony at Pago Pago Football Stadium last Saturday.
Leading the team will be coach Ruben Luvu, team manager Tavita Taumua (FFAS CEO), assistant coach Rita Simi, physiotherapist Luaao Wasko, team trainer Terrence Pati Sinapati and team patron John Ott.
This group of five individuals will guide the team through three games in Auckland starting with their opening match against New Zealand on 5 October, then Tonga on 7 October before closing their campaign against the Cook Islands on 9 October.
A total of 18 players have been selected with seven of them attending university, 10 still in high school and one recent high school graduate. As for clubs, six of the 10 clubs registered with FFAS are represented in this U-20 squad with the Jets having the most at seven, followed by Black Roses with four, PanSa with three, Fagasa Youth with two and Lion Heart and Pago Youth with one each.
The FFAS technical department selected a pool of girls from high school and national league to begin training in early March and has now given its seal of approval for the players and team officials.
The girls have been practicing very hard for quite awhile now and they are anxious to play, explained the team’s coach, Luvu.
The contingent departs 1 October and arrives back in the territory 9 October. Team manager Tauma said the squad has been selected with an eye firmly on maintaining a core representative group for future tournaments.
These girls are the future of our women soccer in American Samoa because in two years time we will be preparing a national team for the 2011 New Caledonia Pacific Games, and we will look to these girls to anchor that team, said Taumua.
A lot to put on their young shoulders but some of them were members of the women’s national squad that competed at the Samoa 2007 South Pacific Games so I believe they are up to the task at hand.
The members of the current squad that played in Samoa in 2007 are Oney, Lakisa, Sao and the Ioapo sisters Filiga and Meleane. The older of the two, Filiga, was nominated by OFC as WomenPlayer of the Year 2008 for American Samoa.
The players names are listed below with their clubs and schools:
American Samoa National U-20 Women Squad
Filiga Ioapo (Black Roses/ASCC)
Fiapai Siatu (Tafuna Jets/ASCC)
Angela Sao (Black Roses/ASCC)
Makerita Luani (Tafuna Jets/ASCC)
Fetu Lakisa (PanSa/ASCC)
Sancia Sopoaga (Fagasa Youth/ASCC)
Jermaima Fuatino Kaleopa (PanSa/ASCC)
Meleane Ioapo (Black Roses/LHS)
Fiso Letoi (Tafuna Jets/NVT)
Beulah Oney (Tafuna Jets/THS)
Moaga Sunia (Black Roses/THS)
Tuiemanu Ripley (Tafuna Jets/KFHS)
Trixie Mavaega (Lion Heart/KFHS)
Fuataina Siatu(Tafuna Jets/SHS)
Faith Emboy (Fagasa Youth/SHS)
Lynn Tualaulelei (Pago Youth/SHS)
Farah Mataituli (Tafuna Jets/SHS)
Inailau Katrina Magele (PanSa)
Courtesy of FFAS Media

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