CIFA president Lee Harmon with Mangaia Island Mayor Makitua Tutai, Kavana Daddy Mauriaiti and Numangatini Ariki Tangi Tereapii. 21020820
A historic moment for Mangaia Football took place on Friday February 5 in Oneroa with a ground breaking ceremony which marked the commencement of the construction of the Mangaia Football Association soccer field and facilities project under the FIFA Forward Programme.
field will be the focal point for all football activities, programmes and
competitions on the island of Mangaia, and most of all will be a major benefit
to the students of Mangaia High School.
ground breaking ceremony was well attended by around 150 people which included
distinguished guests Numangatini Ariki Tangi Tereapii, Mayor of Mangaia Island
Makitua Tutai, Aronga Mana, the three MPs of Mangaia Island and Mangaia FA
President Ngametua Toko.
Islands Football Association President Lee Harmon addressed the ceremony and
thanked the various landowners for leasing the piece of land to the Mangaia
Football Association and the Cook Islands Football Association.
like to thank the Aronga Mana of Mangaia, Mayor Makitua Tutai, Numangatini
Ariki Tangi Tereapii, the President of Mangaia Football Association and his
Executive Committee for the work done in securing this land for Football,”
Ground breaking by CIFA president Lee Harmon. 21020819
also pointed out to all those present at the ceremony how this project came
into existence and the vision he had for football, the students of Mangaia
School and the people of Mangaia.
back in 1998 when I visited Mangaia that I saw the distance the students at
Mangaia High School had to walk to get to the main field in Oneroa to play
football and other activities. My heart felt for the children and from then it
was a vision and goal of mine to establish a soccer field close to the school
for the children of Mangaia,” says Harmon.
also mentioned that there are two important things he would like the Mangaia
Football and the people of Mangaia to do.
to use the complex as often as you possibly can; and secondly, you must look
after it, if you don’t eventually you won’t be able to use it,” he said.
Islands Football Association would like to thank and express our gratitude to
FIFA and its President Gianni Infantino for granting funds to construct the
project under the FIFA Forward Programme.”
Ariki Tangi Tereapii, also a former CIFA Vice President, conveyed his
appreciation and gratitude to CIFA President Lee Harmon for having the vision
to construct a football field for the people of Mangaia, in particular our
children of Mangaia. Numangatini Ariki went on to thank the Aronga Mana for
working together to support this project and make this vision a reality.
confirmed also that this is just the first phase of a three-phase project to be
implemented in Mangaia.
up the historic event, those who attended were treated to a big feast hosted by
the football clubs on the island.