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Wednesday 27 March 2024 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Football, Sports


Apii Avarua and Nukutere College crowned champions in CIFA Schools Competition
Apii Avarua emerged as the winner in the boys’ division. CIFA MEDIA/24032609

Apii Avarua and Nukutere College were crowned the champions in the annual Cook Islands Football Association schools competition for students in year 7 and 8.

The competition which concluded on Friday last week was held over four weeks at the CIFA Complex in Matavera.

This year’s tournament had seven schools from around Rarotonga participating, with students from Apii Nikao, Apii Avarua, Papaaroa School, Nukutere College, Apii Arorangi, Te Uki Au, and Titikaveka College all battling it out to become the winner of the 2024 Schools Competition.

In the boys’ competition, Apii Avarua emerged as the winner, finishing in first place. The team displayed a strong performance throughout the tournament, securing their victory with a series of impressive matches.

Apii Arorangi took second place, with Apii Nikao securing third place. The boys’ final showcased the high level of skill and competition among the young footballers.

Nukutere College finished on top in the girls’ division. CIFA MEDIA/24032608

In the girls’ competition, Nukutere College claimed victory, finishing in first place. The team showcased their strong attacking play and solid defence to secure their win.

Apii Avarua took second place, once again demonstrating the strong football talent within the school. Apii Nikao finished in third place, with the team showing great determination and effort throughout the tournament.

In a statement, CIFA said: “The success of the schools competition has been a testament to the dedication and skill of the young footballers from around Rarotonga.”

“The tournament has not only provided a platform for the students to showcase their talent but has also helped to develop their skills and love for the game. The excitement and enthusiasm displayed by the players and coaches throughout the competition have been a joy to witness.”

Looking ahead, CIFA is now preparing for this week’s tournament which will feature students in years 4, 5, and 6.

The one-day competition will see the junior students from schools around Rarotonga invade the CIFA complex. Kick-off is scheduled for 8.30am today (Wednesday).

“This tournament promises to be an exciting showcase of the next generation of Cook Islands football talent,” CIFA said.

  • CIFA Media