Cook Islands-based players at the Rarotonga International Airport before leaving for New Zealand on Tuesday. CIFA MEDIA/22070601
Players from Tupapa Maraerenga FC dominate the 20-member national women’s squad heading to Fiji for the 2022 OFC Women’s Nations Cup.
Islands head coach Gary Phillips has selected his 20-player squad for the 2022
OFC Women’s Nations Cup.
from clubs across the Cook Islands make up the bulk of those selected, but
Phillips has also called upon the high pool of talent available to him in New
Zealand to flesh out the squad.
players trialled for a place in the team at the CIFA training grounds in early
June and those lucky enough to be selected will fly out to Fiji from New
Zealand on July 7.
are happy we had the opportunity to assess the NZ-based players,” said Phillips
regarding the recent trial period.
of course, one week is never enough. We are making progress but it is difficult
with 10 players based in New Zealand. It has been a challenge monitoring the
players’ individual development, but we are pleased with the attitude and
Cook Islands have been drawn in Group A for the upcoming competition, alongside
Tonga and Samoa.
first fixture will be against Tonga on Sunday, July 16 before facing Samoa
three days later on Tuesday, July 19.
top two teams from each of the three groups in Fiji will advance to the
quarter-finals, alongside the two best-performing third-placed teams. The final
takes place on Sunday, July 30 from the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.
full Cook Islands squad for the OFC Women’s Nations Cup is below: