U-16 Soccer team off to Samoa

Sixteen young women have been selected to represent the Cook Islands and have departed our shores in the weekend to particpate in the OFC U-16 Championship which kicks off on Friday 4 August in Apia, Samoa and concludes with the final on Friday 18 August.

The team is coached by Theresa Tatuava with the assistance from CIFA’s technical director Jess Ibrom and managed by Merian Noovao. The team prior to travelling have trained three times a week for the championships and the camp is higly motivated and are looking forward to their first match.

“We expect them to do their best at the competition, we have given them much support, we’ve trained them the best we can. The girls love football and have been really committed” – Coach Theresa Tatuava

“The girls have worked tremendously hard, it will be a fantastic experience for players and staff, we hope to make the Cook Islands proud in our performances in a tough international fixture ” – CIFA Technical Director Jess Ibrom

The Cook Islands is in Group B with Tonga, American Samoa and Fiji.
Cook Islands will be doing their best to improve their standing this year after falling short of the knockout stage when they hosted the 2016 edition of the competition, but with American Samoa, Tonga and Fiji also competing for the top spot in Group B, Cook Islands have a tough challenge ahead of them. The Cook Islands will play their first match on Thursday against Tonga.

The team are as follows: Dora Iripa (Titikaveka FC), Keana Maaka (Avatiu FC), Ester Potoru (Puaikura FC), Tiamarama Tuivaga (Puaikura FC), Piri Murare (Avatiu FC), Tehinnah Tatuava (Titikaveka FC), Ngametua Tarianga (Tupapa FC), Natalia Viking (Tupapa FC), Merran Munro (Puaikura FC), Eitiare Tangireve (Titikaveka FC), Tepaeru Ngaroi (Takuvaine FC), Teretia Teinaki (Takuvaine FC), Viorangi Kite (Puaikura FC), Alma Ngametua (NIkao FC), Ngarangi Mapu (Tupapa FC), Lyric Davison (Ellerslie FC AFC,NC)

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