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Wednesday 17 August 2011 | Published in Regional


The Cook Islands football selection goalkeeper, Tony Jamieson of Wellington, arrived yesterday in Rarotonga in preparation for the one off match against New Zealands champions Waitakere United FC.

The match is scheduled for Saturday August 20 with a kick off time at 3.30pm at the CIFA complex in Matavera.

After settling in, Jamieson went straight into training with the local players to familiarise himself with the team. Questions bounced his way in regards to the soccer clash this Saturday.

I am looking forward to the game against the New Zealand champions Waitakere, this is an opportunity for the Cook Islands selection to play against a top team from New Zealand, said Jamieson.

Knowing that Waitakere United is one of the top teams in New Zealand Jamieson believes this game will be good preparation before heading off to the Pacific Games in New Caledonia from August 27 to September 10.

It is also an opportunity to prepare for the Pacific Games and most importantly the World Cup qualifiers Stage One which will take place in Samoa from November 21 to 25.

Jamieson also mentioned that he expects high quality football from the Waitakere team and hopes that the local players give it their best shot.

It will be a busy game.