Cook Islands U19 players arrive in Tahiti on Saturday. FTF/22090611
Cook Islands will take on giants New Zealand in a classic David versus Goliath battle on day one of the OFC U19 Championships 2022 in Tahiti this afternoon.
Pool A clash will kick off at 3pm. The national side will play Solomon Islands
and American Samoa in their remaining pool matches.
team arrived in Papeete on Saturday after days of strenuous training in
preparation for the tournament.
Tahiri Elikana said the team had settled in well and the players were looking
forward to the challenge.
friendly games were organised in Tahiti as the team had only four days to prepare
for the match against the defending champions.
NZ first isn’t how every team wants to kick off their tournament but the boys
are excited for the challenge to compete against the best and showcase their
passion for football,” Elikana said.
for us is to compete everything for every second of every minute throughout the
game … being proactive, brave and having the will to win. By doing that, it
will guarantee us the best possible result we can hope to achieve against NZ.”
Islands U19 players underwent grueling training sessions conducted by head
coach Alan Taylor, and assisted by Elikana. Unfortunately, Taylor is unable to
attend the tournament, however he has full confidence in Elikana to guide the
team in Tahiti.
said their preparation had been tailored towards playing proactive football,
“in saying that we will adapt to the challenges and strive to put forward the
best results for us”.
one game at a time and playing those games like it’s finals” is the national
team’s plan in this tournament.
said thanked all the parents and families who have supported the players and
you to CIFA for all the background work to ensure we get to this tournament. We
all thrive to make our country proud.
i te Ko, Mou i te Ere ... Kia pupuru o vaevae, Kia mokora o kaki.”
Islands U19 – Ariki
Kiriau- Avatiu FC, Oscar Wichman- Avatiu
FC, Tione Nand- Avatiu FC, Silas Trego-
Avatiu FC, Jean Tua- Matavera-Ngatangiia FC, Marcus Gibbens-
Matavera-Ngatangiia FC, Brook Kurariki-
Nikao Sokattak FC, Dwayne- Nikao Sokattak FC, Hubert Tou- Nikao Sokattak FC,
Jordan Matapo- Nikao Sokattak FC,
Moana Rakei- Nikao Sokattak FC, Nia Jnr
Remuera- Nikao Sokattak FC, Temarii Kelly Jubilee- Titikaveka FC, Nukumaeaea
Tima Mokora- Titikaveka FC, Ngametua Tahna Tuakana- Tupapa Maraerenga FC, Shane
Mathias Taunga Tuteru- Tupapa Maraerenga FC, Apiti Arere- Aitutaki-based,
Davida David- Aitutaki-based, Dalziel Beal- Australia Based,Ngereine Zachary
Maro- New Zealand-Based. Management Team – Alan John Taylor- Head Coach, Tahiri
Elikana- Assistant Coach, Paul -Turepu- Manager, Teina Savage- Assistant
Manager, Lucia Young- Physio.