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Tupapa FC raring to go

Monday 20 February 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Football, Sports

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Tupapa FC raring to go
Tupapa Maraerenga FC before taking on Tongan champions Veitongo FC. The Rarotonga side won 1-0. Tupapa Maraerenga/23021730

Tupapa Maraerenga FC look to capitalise on strong start to OFC Champions League Qualifying tournament in Samoa when they take on Ilaoa & To’omata at 1pm today.

Coach Tuka Tisam has kept his Tupapa Maraerenga side grounded following their opening 1-0 win over Veitongo FC at the OFC Champions League Qualifying tournament in Apia.

The Cook Islands champions secured the crucial three points thanks to an early penalty against the Tongans but were guilty of squandering several gilt-edged chances to make the game safe.

Tisam says sharpening up in front of goal is a key focus ahead of this afternoon’s second match against American Samoa champions Ilaoa & To’omata.

“We must work on our finishing, create more opportunities so we can finish in front of goal. Everybody is fully fit and raring to go,” Tisam said.

Tupapa’s opponents conceded 13 goals in their opening match against Samoan champions Lupe Ole Soaga, but Tisam is adamant his side is starting again and are not underestimating the ability of the American Samoan team to raise their level.

“We have a job to do and are taking it day by day. We simply must create opportunities to score and ensure we get the three points.”

Victory for Tupapa Maraerenga and hosts Lupe Ole Soaga in the later would see both teams play on Thursday (Cook Islands time) in an effective final to decide which team qualifies for the OFC Champions League tournament in Vanuatu in May.

Tisam rightly so is not looking further than this afternoon’s fixture.

“My message to the team is simply go out there and enjoy themselves and play with freedom.” Tisam said.

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