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“Cook Islands U16 men’s national team ready for OFC Champs in Tonga”

The Cook Islands U16 Men’s National team will test their mettle against their pacific peers in the OFC U16 Championship Qualifier beginning on Saturday 14th July 2018 in Nukualofa, Tonga.


The team departed this morning for the tournament set to begin Saturday 14th July and conclude on Friday 20th July 2018. Cook Island’s opponents are the host country Tonga, American Samoa, and Samoa.

“We are looking for the win, I know everyone wants to win so everything we put in our training we need to put in the game to get the results we need and move forward from there,” head coach Anthony Samuela said.

“The boys are really looking forward to the trip, first time for most of the boys in a tournament like this and they will gain some experience in the games to come.”

A total of ­­­­­­­­­­­­­eighteen players and five staff members will represent the Cook Islands at the Championship Qualifiers.

The 18 players on the travelling squad are Siana Short (Matavera FC), Luke Areai (Matavera FC), Kapi Puri (Matavera FC), Temaruata Tearaitoa (Tupapa Maraerenga FC), Tumatangi Tumatangi (Puaikura FC), Tereapii Matamaki (Titikaveka FC), Teariki Pumati (Nikao Sokattak FC), Okirua Eliu (Nikao Sokattak FC), Ivan Smith (Tupapa Maraerenga FC), John Karika (Puaikura FC), Brayden Kamana (Titikaveka FC), Ngatokotoru Mateariki (Nikao Sokattak FC), Koizumi Henry (Titikaveka FC), Tamatoa Nicholas (Avatiu FC), Silas Trego (Tupapa Maraerenga FC), Tepa Tuaputa (Puaikura FC), Jireh Vunibaka (Puaikura FC) and Logan Leaity (NZ based player).

The coaching include Head Coach – Anthony Samuela, Assistant Coach – Grover Harmon, Manager – Junior Enoka, Assistant Manager – Mini Dean and Physio – Luke Garvan.

The U-16 National Team will first play Samoa at 10am Local time Saturday, 14 July. Next on the schedule for the Cook Islands is Tonga on Tuesday, July 17and finally American Samoa on Friday, July 20 before returning to Rarotonga on Saturday 21 July 2018.

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