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Cooks Under-17 Women squad revealed

The OFC U-17 Women’s Championship will be held in Auckland from April 9 to 14 where Cook Islands will play against New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and hosts New Zealand for a spot in the 2012 FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup to be held in Azerbaijan from the 22nd September – 13th October.
The under 17 women’s football players here on Rarotonga have undergone a month and half of intense training as coaching staff prepare the squad technically and physically to perform competitively throughout the OFC Under-17 Women’s Championship in New Zealand.
Players training in the outer islands of Aitutaki and Atiu have followed a training schedule the coaching staff while the players in New Zealand are monitored by head coach Angela Valamaka who is based in Auckland.
“This is the first time the Cook Islands are going to participate in the Under-17 Women’s qualifiers and we have set a high standard for these players,” says Paiti. So we can be competitive against the participating countries that are all ranked higher than us”.
The Cook Islands Under 17 Women’s squad are Moeroa Nootai (Tupapa), Imelda Vakai (Takuvaine), Linade Unuka (Arorangi), Edna Teio (Nikao), Tyrina Trego (Titikaveka), Tuakana Noovao (Tupapa), Teiti Tupuna (Avatiu), Louana Trego (Titikaveka), June Punua (Atiu), Jessica Puiri (Avatiu), Mona Taio (Arorangi), Tepaeru Toka (Aitutaki), Temata Harmon (Tupapa), Rai Nganu (Tupapa), Lee Maoate Cox (New Zealand), Maeva Carr (Titikaveka/New Zeland), Jade Valamaka (New Zealand) and Brooke Miller (Titikaveka/New Zealand). Non travelling reserve is Leiana Temata (Titikaveka).
Coaching staff are Angela Valamaka as head coach who is assisted by Michelle Paiti and the team is managed by Mosman Baker and team physio is Charleen Silcock.
The FIFA Under-17 Women’s Tournament takes place every two years and New Zealand was privileged to host the first tournament in 2008 where North Korea took out the top honors.

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