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Tonga strengthens women’s football

Ithe last remaining Polynesian kingdom in Oceania as Tonga Football Association (TFA) kicks off its six days FIFA advanced course for women’s football this week at the Football academy in ‘Atele.
About 20 coaches from around the country, Vava’u included, are attending this FIFA funded workshop which aims increase the technical expertise of women’s team coaches and is being facilitated by Vicki Linton, a Melbourne based FIFA instructor.
The workshop was officially opened by Lord Tevita Tupou, president of Tonga’s National Olympic Council. In his official remarks, Lord Tupou encourages participants to utilize the training at hand.
“You have to learn and apply the techniques you will acquire over the next six days in order for Tonga to be the ‘Germans’ of the Pacific” Lord Tupou said.
The guest of honour said he is impressed with the fact that about 30million women world wide plays football and believes women football in the country will dramatically increase as TFA strives to make the game the nation’s favourite sports. Currently TFA has more than 2,500 registered female players, 80 percent of which are youth.
For Tonga, the popularity of football has been largely accredited to women and girls performance both locally and in the region, despite suffering heavy losses at the recent U20 and U17 FIFA world cup qualifiers in New Zealand earlier this year. However, the country’s hope is now pegged on the National Women’s team who are now in training ahead of the Oceania Football Confederations Cup scheduled for September this year.

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