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Tonga touched down in Auckland

The team is in good spirit despite a couple of hours flight delay and have settled into camp at Mt. Albert Grammar School.
Tonga is in search for beginner’s luck making a debut in the Men’s U-17 championship but with their first match scheduled for Sunday 9 January, against the Kingdoms usual tradition of not playing matches on Sundays, this remains to be seen.
“We are playing Tahiti and they are one of the best teams, they are probably the second best team in Oceania. So, no one expects us to draw, no one expects us to win, everyone would think that Tonga will get thrashed by Tahiti, which is what should happen. So they’ve had more than a year to train, we’ve had one month, but I think we can do alright, I think we can you know, if they get fired up and do as I asked then I think we can go and maybe surprise them” Coach Williams said.
Since Coach Williams’ arrival in Tonga late last year, he has virtually dedicated his all his energy into shaping the team, which was only selected in late November. Tonga might go in as underdogs but if Coach Williams has his way, their rivals could be in for a treat.
“Oh look, the boys have improved, I think a hell of a lot, so I am happy with that, it would have been nice to have a little bit more longer coaching them because I think we could be a really, really good team but overall I love coaching them. They are good kids, they listen to what you say, they try and do it and it’s very different to coaching in Australia and the kids here will always do as you ask so that I love” Williams said.
The OFC U-17 championship features American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Vanuatu and Tonga.

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