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Tonga selects a 18-man squad

TFA’s technical team headed by Coach Chris Williams have been working tirelessly over the past month delivering an intensified training and fitness programme which saw the numbers being trimmed from the original 45 players.
Making the team announcement today, Lui ‘Aho, Acting General Secretary said “Many congratulations to the 18 athletes named today. I am confident that we have selected an out standing team to compete in the championship”.
Tonga, over the past years has prioritised women’s football developments but the announcement today marks a beginning of another step in the right direction for the game in Tonga.
“Whilst winning is important, the major benefit of the tournament is exposing young footballers to regional level of competition in a multicultural environment” Lui Aho said.
Ten pacific countries will be competing for a place at the FIFA U-17 World Cup next year in Mexico with Tonga been drawn in Group B along side New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Tahiti and Cook Islands. While defending champions New Zealand will face Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, American Samoa and Fiji.
Coach Williams said, “Getting this far, they have demonstrated outstanding effort and dedication in pursuit of personal excellence”.
The team will be coming into camp on 6 December at the Football Academy in ‘Atele.
Name Club
Saimone Pahulu Folaha FC
Sioeli ‘Ahovelo Folaha FC
Talanoa Fanguna Navutoka FC
Hemaloto Polovili Lotoha’apai FC
Veti Vai Lotoha’apai FC
Poasi Vakauka Longoteme FC
Piokalafi Fakaosi Kolofo’ou FC
Siosifa Moimoi Kolofo’ou FC
Shannon Frizell Folaha FC
Simione Folau Navutoka FC
Muli Lutu Veitongo
Titie Vakauta Lapaha
Siua Afu Tonga College
Kinitoni Falatau Houmakelikao
Sila Maile Loto ha’apai Fc
Jevita Maamaloa Navutoka FC
Taniel Vakauta Folaha FC
Hoponoa Pahulu Folaha FC
Reserve Player
Siuola Fahina ‘Api Fo’ou
Sunday 9 January Tonga v Tahiti 1600hrs
Tuesday 11 January Tonga Bye
Thursday 13 January Tonga v Solomon Islands 1600hrs
Saturday 15 January Tonga v Cook Islands 1330 hrs
Monday 17 January Tonga v New Caledonia 1500hrs
Wednesday 19 January 2nd A v 2nd B 1330 hrs
1st A v1st B 1630hrs

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