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CIFA welcomes three new staff members

Elikana and Samuel has joined the CIFA technical department with Elikana being the new development officer while Samuel take on the responsibility as the assistant development officer. Both will work with existing staff member Tuka Tisam on Primary School development programs and other technical activities.
Harmon has been appointed as CIFA’s finance officer who will be working closely with CIFA’s General Secretary Mii Piri to oversee the CIFA accounts.
All three new staff members are not new faces within the Cook Islands Football scene and has been involved as players for the national team. During those years, they have represented the Cook Islands at youth and senior level.
Anthony Samuel hails from the island of Mitiaro and has just returned from a two year stint with Mt. Albert Grammar with CIFA’s football scholarship program in time for the Primary School Football program which has commenced this week. His youth and yearning to share his football experiences with the future of the Cook Islands Football will assist him during his time with CIFA.
Fellow new staff member, Tahiri Elikana is a senior player in the local Avatiu FC and coaches the Under 13 and Under 17 Men’s team within his club. Elikana represented the Cook Islands national team at the First Stage qualifiers in Samoa, 2011 and hopes his experiences and know-how will equip him in his role while educating the Cook Islands future on all aspects of football and he also holds a Youth Coaching certificate.
“I am excited about the challenges ahead in my role and I look forward to working closely with Tuka and Anthony with CIFA’s technical activities,” says Elikana.
“This is an opportunity for me to share my experiences with our future footballers while we are visiting our Primary Schools here on Rarotonga,” he says.
A senior player for CIFA’s League Champion team Tupapa Maraerenga FC, Grover Harmon is a former Auckland Grammar student and he holds many years of football experience under his bout and his role will not only focus on his functions but he also wishes to share his football experiences.
The new appointments mean the number of full-time staff working at Cook Islands Football has now increased to 10.

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