Cook Islands Football Association under 15 boys and under 16 girls teams attend church with their coaches and team officials on Sunday. CIFA MEDIA/21071410
Budding Cook Islands footballers have an opportunity to shine when they land in Aotearoa New Zealand for a week long intensive training programme.
Islands Football Association (CIFA) under 15 boys and under 16 girls
development squads are scheduled to depart Rarotonga tomorrow for Auckland
where they will take part in CIFA’s elite player development programme.
teams consist of players from Rarotonga with a few selected from the outer
islands who were identified during the recent Kia Orana Youth Football
under 15 boys team is coached by CIFA technical director Tahiri Elikana
alongside CIFA development officer Anthony Samuela, while CIFA women’s
development officer Tupou Brogan-Patia will lead the U16 girls team with the
assistance of Matakeu Katuke.
as there is now a quarantine-free travel bubble between the Cook Islands and
New Zealand, CIFA president Lee Harmon said the programme was as an opportunity
not to be missed.
borders being closed and travel restrictions around the world due to the
Covid-19 pandemic, we are grateful for this opportunity to be able to travel,”
teams have been training for the past three months and we see this as an
opportunity for our players to continue on with their personal football
said it was a great opportunity and a privilege for up and coming Cook Islands
representatives to develop and gain experience.
Lee Harmon was the driving force behind the initiative because without this
initiative our player development programmes would suffer.”
two teams will play eight games against teams including Auckland City FC,
Central United FC, Fencibles United AFC, Maori Football Aotearoa and Papakura
City FC, playing across two Auckland locations, McLennan Park and Ngahue
will play their first match against Papakura City Football Club at McLennan Park,
on the July 19.
day two, Ngahue Reserve will host two teams Central United FC who will play the
under 16 girls, followed with Atarangi Maori playing the under 15 Boys. Then
again at Ngahue Reserve for day three, the under 16 girls take the field against
Fencibles United before the under 15 boys take on Auckland City FC.
returning home and wrapping up their tour, Arawhiti Maori will play the under
16 girls, before Pounamu Maori take on the under 15 boys.