• Simon Nudd

Cook Islands Create History

The Cook Islands U17 Women's team have made history by qualifying for the semi-final stage of the OFC Preliminary Competition for the first time

Picture courtesy of Oceania Football

The Cook Islands U17 Women's team have just returned from Apia, Samoa after making history

in the latest OFC World Cup Qualifying Campaign.

After being drawn with Tonga, Fiji and America Samoa. The young cookies impressed immediately in qualifying by overcoming Tonga 3nil and America Samoa 4nil which resulted in their first appearance at the semi final stage. Their last fixture in group play versus Samoa proved to be a dead rubber going down 2-1 after both teams had

already qualified.

“To not only qualify for the semi final stage but also win back to back international fixtures is something no Cook Island team has ever done before which incredible for the Country.” CIFA Technical Director Jess Ibrom
Graphic courtesy of Oceania Football

The young Cookies finally went down to oceania powerhouse New Zealand in the semi final stage but received a hero's welcome once back in Rarotonga. The squad was youngest that had represented the country in a world cup qualifying tournament in history. A four month long preparation program prior to the tournament provided the foundation for the success that the team encountered in Samoa. After the tournament the respective players returned to carry on with the domestic club competition for their respective club teams. Players and staff will now be looking forward to the OFC U19 Preliminary Competition and will hope to put in some more impressive performances.

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