Football battle for supremacy

Monday April 23, 2018 Written by Published in Soccer
The 2018 National Football Championship finals will be held today at the CIFA complex in Matavera. The 2018 National Football Championship finals will be held today at the CIFA complex in Matavera.

The stage is set for the finals of the 2018 National Football Championship, with teams from Mauke, Takitumu, Avarua and Aitutaki battling it out for supremacy at the CIFA Complex in Matavera today.

All eyes will be on the showdown between Aitutaki and Avarua in both the men’s and women’s division as they fight for the main title.

For Aitutaki, the combination-play from brothers Grover and Lee Harmon, with the support of Taylor Saghabi, Roger Manuel and Geoffrey Strickland, has shone during the championship. This will definitely give them the edge over Avarua.

Aitutaki has remained unbeaten during their games and will be looking for a clean sweep.

Leading Avarua is Tahiri Elikana, who will trust his side to produce the desired result.

With the likes of Peni Kitiona, Samuel Koiatu and Mark Leito, Avarua has proven lethal and tough for defenders. They will be hoping to have a similar effect on the Aitutaki defence.

In the women’s division, Aitutaki proved that they are not done yet in this competition, defeating Takitumu in their semi-final match by 1-0 to face Avarua in today’s final.

Aitutaki speedsters Oroaere Kamoa and Kura Tare will cause problems for their opponents, as they look to become the inaugural winners of the National Football Championship.

As one of the unbeaten teams in this competition, the Avarua women’s side is leaving nothing to chance as they go head to head against Aitutaki.

Vying for third and fourth in both men’s and women’s divisions, Mauke will take on Takitumu.

Both teams were placed in the same group and it was Takitumu who topped the group in both divisions, however Mauke is gearing up for an upset and they represent their island with pride.

Admission to today’s finals is $3 for adults and free for children under 12 years.

CIFA thanks event sponsors Air Rarotonga and The Bond Store, adding this championship would not be possible without all their support.

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