From left, Lee Harmon, Tamaiva Mateariki, Ngatokotoru Mateariki and Grover Harmon. CIFA MEDIA/22031615
There have been many instances of a pair of brothers turning out for the Cook Islands national football team over the years.
In the Oceania World Cup Qualifiers in Qatar, the national side has two sets of brothers representing the nation against the regional giants.
Grover and Lee Harmon together with Tamaiva and Ngatokotoru Mateariki are featuring for the Cook Islands side at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Oceania Qualifiers.
Cook Islands have been drawn in Group A with Solomon Islands, Tahiti and
Vanuatu. The national side played their opening match against the Solomon
Islands early this morning.
Harmon brothers are no stranger when it comes for football where both feature for
their local football club, Tupapa Maraerenga FC, coming through the grassroots to
the senior division.
brother, Grover, has not only featured as a player, but recently has taken helm
of the club as president while younger sibling, Lee plays for New Zealand club,
two also represent their parents birth islands, Atiu and Aitutaki when it comes
to national competitions organised by Cook Islands Football Association and Cook
Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee.
and Lee have assisted their side in winning the domestic Round Cup
Championships and travelled with their team to feature at the OFC Club
Championships over the years.
Mateariki siblings, Tamaiva and Ngatokotoru, are also no strangers to the local
football fraternity. They have both featured for their local club Nikao
Sokattak FC and their parents birth islands, Atiu and Mauke. The brothers are
making their debut for the Cook Islands in the Qualifiers.
and Toru, as they are commonly known, featured for the Nikao Sokattak FC that
won the 2021 Tower Insurance Premiership and the CIFA Knock-Out Cup Final.
will now have the opportunity to feature for their club at the upcoming OFC
Club Championship Qualifiers where they will play top clubs from Samoa,
American Samoa and Tonga.
and Toru have also represented the Cook Islands at international youth