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Young talent on the rise

For the 17-year-old this is his first experience of the football scholarship created by CIFA. It is a means of nurturing emerging talents through the provision of financial aid to attend training sessions while studying at Mt. Albert Grammar.
Temata was awarded the 2013 Titikaveka College Dux trophy which will no doubt assist him significantly while at Mt. Albert Grammar.
From the village of Titikaveka, Temata has grown up playing for his local side in the Titikaveka Football Club since at the grass-root level.
In 2013 he was captain of the Titikaveka Under-17 Men side and attended trainings in the CIFA U-16 Academy programme 2012, as they prepared for the OFC U-17 Preliminary Tournament in Samoa. Successfully defeating Samoa at the preliminary tournament to progress through to the second stage held in Vanuatu in April 2013.
Keen to make his passion for football a career, Temata would love to turn professional one day but is aware that it is a difficult path to follow from Rarotonga.
Temata will join Pekay Edwards who has also received the CIFA Scholarship for 2014 and both players are looking toward a busy year with football training while studying.
CIFA general secretary Mii Piri and Technical Director Tuka Tisam congratulates Wiremu Temata on earning himself the scholarship and encouraged him to aim high and to grasp at everything that he will encounter throughout this year.
“An opportunity like this comes only once in a lifetime and for sure Wiremu will need to work hard at both football trainings and studies,” Piri says.
“Good luck to Wiremu and Pekay both whom we are proud to send on this scholarship.”
The Cook Islands Football Scholarship scheme has been ongoing for ten years and has nurtured the many local football talents who now are involved at club level and have represented the country at the many OFC tournaments in the past years.

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