Cook Islands women’s team before departing Rarotonga. CIFA MEDIA/23111502
The Cook Islands football teams proudly departed for the Solomon Islands on Tuesday morning, gearing up to represent their country at the 2023 Pacific Games.
A total of 33 players and team officials
boarded the plane, accompanied by fellow national athletes representing the
Cook Islands in various sports. These teams have been hard at work training
since early this year, showing immense dedication while participating in the
Rarotonga Football Season.
The national teams boast an impressive 47
members, comprising 33 players from the Cook Islands, four from Australia, nine
from New Zealand and one from the Netherlands. As these talented players set
off on their journey, they were met with fanfare and well-wishes from Cook
Islands Football Association (CIFA), acting president Moeroa Tamangaro, staff
members of CIFA, family members and loved ones.
Before the team made their way to the gate,
Tamangaro addressed the team and offered words of encouragement and heartfelt
wishes for a successful tournament. This was followed by a prayer for the teams’
Leading these impressive teams are national
women's coach Tuka Tisam and national men's coach Alan Taylor. Both coaches are
brimming with excitement for the upcoming matches,
The women's team is set to play three matches in
the group stage The first game will pit them against New Caledonia on Thursday,
November 16 at 4pm (Cook Islands time). Should they prevail in these initial
battles, they face a strong likelihood of advancing to the eagerly awaited
The men's team is slated to kick off their
first match on Monday, November 20 at 4pm against Tonga. Following this
contest, they will proceed to face New Caledonia on Thursday, November 23 at
4pm in their second exciting group match.
CIFA is working closely with Vaka TV to ensure
live streaming of all football matches within the Cook Islands.