Kiwi Samoa departs for the Oceania Tournament

The Kiwi Samoa to compete in the OFC Qualifying Competition in the Cook Islands

APIA, SAMOA – THURSDAY 24 JANUARY 2019: After resting for 2 years, Kiwi FC premier men’s are on the way for the upcoming OFC qualifying competition. The 2019 championship is to kick off 26th January to 1 February in the Cook Islands.

Kiwi Coach Martin Tamasese acknowledges that it’s going to be a challenging tournament especially since their opening match is against Tupapa.
“Seeing the draw and playing against them (Tupapa) in the opening match will really challenge our preparations” he said. “They will be playing on their home ground and I know they are recruiting new players.”

Coach Tamasese’s team have played Tupapa before in 3 tough matches where they lost to them once in 2012 and won twice in 2012 and 2016.

Kiwi FC is not new to the region’s club championships. They are the defending champions in the National League having won the league in 2018. They also won the OFC Preliminary stages in 2013 and 2016 and are looking forward to another win this year.

The contingent of 20 players and 3 management staff departed Samoa last night.

TEAM LIST
1. Pele Eti Fatu 2. Eli Junior Satuala 3. Federico Diaz 4. Kenneth Kerewi 5. Kitiona Nauer 6. Andrew Setefano 7. Jarrell Sale 8. Adrian Cedeno Mera 9. Samuelu Malo 10. Paulo Scanlan 11. Falaniko Nanumea 12. Timote Hala 13. Lionel Taylor 14. Lafi Ioane 15. Lotial Mano 16. Silao Malo 17. Tavita To’o 18. Janardhan Goswami 19. Ansheil Anil Kumar 20. Cihan Erbil 21. Semu Faimata

MANAGEMENT
1. Martin Tamasese – Head Coach
2. Paul Scanlan – Team Manager
3. Phineas Young – Assistant Coach.

History
1999 – Group Stage (first club to participate) Fiji – 7th Place
2012 – Preliminary stage – Tonga – 3rd place
2013 – Preliminary stage – American Samoa – 1st place
2014 – Group stage – Lautoka, Fiji
2016 – Preliminary stage – Cook Islands – 1st place
2016 – Group stage – Auckland, New Zealand
2019 – Preliminary stage – Cook Islands

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