The squad of 11 Rarotonga-based players, plus three officials, will depart tonight, and will be joined by seven New Zealand-based players in Auckland before departing for American Samoa via Apia.
The tournament starts on January 20, with the Cook Islands’ representatives facing games against the top clubs from Samoa (Lupe Ole Soaga FC), Tonga (Veitonga FC) and hosts American Samoa (Pago Youth FC).
The team came together over the weekend for final preparations with a training session held at the CIFA Complex in Matavera.
Tupapa Maraerenga are scheduled to arrive in Pago Pago on Tuesday and will play their first game against Lupe Ole Soaga on Saturday afternoon at the Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
This game will set the pace for the tournament, and a win for either team would put them on the right track to qualify for stage two of the OFC Champions League.
Cook Islands Football Association wishes the team all the best in American Samoa.
- CIFA Media