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Tonga gearing up for 2013 OFC U17 Championship.

The move was initiated by Tonga Football Association technical director, Mr. Kilifi Uele, with the thought of providing the coaches with quality times and better chances to build a strong team.
“TFA is striving towards success so timing is vital for us.” Uele said.
“At the moment we have 8 months before the championship kick-off and it is important that we start acting now.”
Meanwhile, Uele and head coach Timote Polovili are in charge of the selection panel monitoring the currently running inter-college competition while negotiating the non-participating schools.
“The top two competitors from last year are not involving this year but we are giving their players a chance to be part of the training squad.”
“Our plan is to get the boys together in the next few days and we start training before go into trials.” Uele added.
“We should be able to finalize our final squad in three weeks time and start working on our playing plans.”
The tournament will kick-off on April 2 and Tonga will compete against the best such as reigning champion and tournament favorite New Zealand, 2011 finalists Tahiti and other heavyweights like Solomon Islands and Vanuatu among others.
However, coach Polovili believes that being well prepared is the only pathway to victory especially when facing the region’s football super powers.
“To beat the best, you have to be the best.” he said.
“But to be the best requires a lot of sacrifices through a lot of trainings and exercises and that’s what we are looking into.”
Polovili also highlighted Tonga’s main weakness in most competition and admitted there will be a big emphasis on it and every other aspect of their game will also be closely scrutinized.
“We will work on our fitness which is an issue that always hamper us and we will try to bolster our physicality and mentality strength.”
“I’m confident that by April next year, we will be in good shape and be competitive.”
The 2013 OFC U-17 Championship will also play as the region’s qualifying stage to the fifteenth FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates in October and September next year.