The 2018 Gazprom-funded Football for Friendship International Social Programme held in Moscow, Russia ahead of the opening of the FIFA Men’s World Cup last month was a unique experience for the Cook Islands delegation of Daniel Ngamata, Amqle Tuaratini and chaperone Michelle Paiti.
A slice of Oceania football history was created as Tonga and Samoa fought out a tense 1-all draw on the final Match Day of the 2018 OFC U-19 Championship Qualifier tournament hosted by Cook Islands.
With pride on the line, hosts Cook Islands and American Samoa will both be desperate to end their OFC U19 Championship Qualifier campaign on a winning note today at the CIFA Complex.
Cook Islands lost all hope of making it through the 2018 OFC U19 Championship Qualifier after their second loss on Tuesday at the CIFA Complex in Matavera.
The Cook Islands under-19 men’s team has vowed to bounce back after losing in their opener against Tonga but the side faces a tough task against Samoa today at 4.30pm at the CIFA Complex.
Cook Islands faced a disappointing 3-0 defeat to a resurgent Tongan side, while Samoa flexed their muscle against their neighbours American Samoa, on the opening day of the OFC U19 Championship Qualifier on Saturday.