U16 eyes build-up for regional competition

Thursday June 29, 2017 Written by Published in Soccer
Cook Islands U16 will play Tahiti in a series of match. 17062626 Cook Islands U16 will play Tahiti in a series of match. 17062626

The Cook Islands Under-16 side will be using the upcoming international matches against Tahiti as a buildup for the OFC U16 Women’s Championship in August.


The Tahiti U16 women’s team will arrive in Rarotonga today and will play a two matches against the national side.

Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) technical director Jess Ibrom said since this will be international fixtures, they expect tough games.

He said the players have been in training for a while in preparation for the clash against Tahiti.

“Theresa Tatuava is the head coach for the girls for the fixtures against Tahiti and also the OFC U16 Championships in August of this year,” Ibrom said.

“Theresa has been fully committed to the development of each individual player and we are confident she will continue progressing in her coaching career especially, with her attendance on the Oceania C Licence CIFA is hosting this week.

“We are appreciative that the Tahiti Football Federation have supported in their U16 national girls team coming to the Cook Islands and we look forward to a great game this Saturday at CIFA.”

Cook Islands will take on the visitors in the opening clash this Saturday at 3pm at the CIFA Complex in Matavera.

The second match will be played on Tuesday next week at 4.30pm, again at the CIFA Complex.

CIFA is inviting the public to come watch, cheer and support the youth players who are poised to feature in the future national teams both for Tahiti and Cook Islands. 

The national governing football body said it is pleased to host the neighbours, adding they look forward to a continued partnership.

Meanwhile the OFC U16 Women’s Championship will be held from August 7 to 22 in Samoa.     - CIFA Media


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