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National men’s team trains in Lautoka ahead of Samoa event

The team will play a friendly match against Lautoka FC today, November 17, before leaving for Samoa where Tonga will play alongside three other teams, namely, American Samoa, Cook Islands and Samoa.
The November 22-26 Preliminary Championship will be Tonga’s first on the international scene after four years of absence and Australian Coach, Chris Williams is optimistic his squad of 23 footballers will return home with a smile.
“It is vital that we have a good game against American Samoa if we want to make a progress through, but we have a strategy and we are pretty confident in what we need to do and hoping to give them a good game and hopefully cause an upset or two” Williams said.
Tonga is ranked 201st in the FIFA world rankings – its lowest, due to inactive participation, nonetheless, given the team spirit and commitment, the tables could see a slight improvement.
As the countdown looms in, their final test of readiness is against Lautoka FC at Churchill Park this afternoon.
“The boys are pretty excited and with eight months of training everyday, for us really, its more getting our process right and it a chance to test out a few things but for me it doesn’t really matter what the score is in that game, its more about the performance and how they are getting the things that we have done at training correct” he says. “Its great to play Lautoka and its awesome to have such quality opposition and we are looking forward to it” Williams added.
Tonga’s team is headed by Fetu’u Vea and will depart Fiji on Saturday 19th November for Samoa where TFA’s General Secretary, Lui Aho, will join them.

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