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Tonga name troops for U-17 qualifiers

The announcement was made by head coach Timote Polovili at TFA’s head quarter almost 5 months ahead of tournament start.
Polovili was adamant saying that the selected players are the best from the main group of 42 that started training 6 weeks ago.
“These boys have shown good effort to make it to the last 20. They all worked hard and made it pass series of trials and exercises.”
The squad includes 4 survivors from the 2011 U17 team – Taniela Vaka’uta, Hoponoa Pahulu, Venasio Poasi Vaka’uta and Silakivai Maile.
Polovili says those lads will play a major role but winning is all about teamwork and a lot of work is to be done.
“These four boys will be the backbone of my team but they can’t win the game by themselves.”
“Despite the lack of inexperience we have 20 long training weeks and things will shape up nicely. It’s gonna tough and challenging but there is no short cut to victory. We have to work towards our goal and that’s what we gonna do in the next 20 weeks.” Polovili added.
The boys will assemble for a 2-hour training session every evening at the Lototonga Soka Center under the direction of Polovili and co-coaches Lokoua Taufahema and Heneli Saafi.
They will go into camp two months ahead of tournament kick-off in Apia.
Tonga will be playing American Samoa, Cook Islands and Samoa with winner to advance to the 2013 OFC U17 Championship to be staged in Suva, Fiji in April next year, which will double as the region’s qualifying stage to the fifteen FIFA U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October and September next year.
Team Tonga will depart the Kingdom on the last week of January.
Tonga U17 Men’s Squad:
Taniela Vaka’uta, Hoponoa Pahulu, Hola Malafu, Maletino Halapio, Soane Lavelua, Moimoi Feke, Sifa Kitekei’aho, Pita Katoa, Kilifi Faupula, Venasio Poasi Vaka’uta, ‘Ofa Latu, Uate Fosita, Fuimaono Tavite, ‘Amanaki Lau’i, Tevita Fakatava, Tonisio Tolu, Keni Lave, Soakai Vea, Sateki Matakaiongo, Silakivai Maile.