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Mangaia, Takitumu start strong

Tuesday April 23, 2019 Written by Published in Sports
Nikao defenders swarm in on the Mangaia attacker. 19042141 Nikao defenders swarm in on the Mangaia attacker. 19042141

Sunshine and a cool breeze provided for some great conditions to the opening of the 2019 Kia Orana Youth Football Festival on Saturday.


A full stadium and cheerful crowd attended in support of all playing teams at the CIFA Complex.

Mangaia and Nikao Sokattak FC opened the festival in style with the girl’s division followed by the boy’s, wowing spectators with simple skills and plentiful goals. Both games went in favour of Mangaia with four goals to Nikao Sokattak’s one.

Mangaia’s fitness coach, Moe Tangatakino, spoke on behalf of both team’s stating: “Football in Mangaia is not up to standard compared to Rarotonga. For us it’s about introducing our youth into the game. Nikao came out and played a marvelous game. They had more skill and knowledge, but we managed to put our knowledge from training into practice and take out a win in both games.”

In the other two games, Mitiaro kept the scores level with Takitumu in the girl’s division 2-all while Takitumu’s boy’s thumped Mitiaro 9-0.

Takitumu U16 boy’s coach, Raymond Newnham, was content with the overall result in both matches.

“It’s our first game, we didn’t know anything about the opposition so both our teams just focused on trying to do their jobs and play to the best of their abilities.”

Today’s games will commence at 1pm and will be split between two venues. Takitumu will host Pool B while Pool A moves back to the CIFA complex.

 - CIFA Media


Today: Pool A – CIFA Complex Field 1 – 1pm Nikao Sokattak FC-Takitumu (Girls), 2.10pm Nikao Sokattak FC-Takitumu (Boys), 3.20pm Puaikura FC-Mitiaro (Girls), 4.30pm Puaikura FC-Mitiaro (Boys); Pool B – CIFA Complex Field 2 –1pm Atiu-Aitutaki (Girls), 2.10pm Atiu-Aitutaki (Boys), 3.20pm Mauke-Tupapa Maraerenga FC (Girls), 4.30pm Mauke-Tupapa Maraerenga FC (Boys)

Tomorrow: Pool A – CIFA Complex Field 1 – 1pm Takitumu-Puaikura FC (Girls), 2.10pm Takitumu-Puaikura FC (Boys), 3.20pm Mitiaro-Mangaia (Girls), 4.30pm Mitiaro-Mangaia (Boys); Pool B – CIFA Complex Field 2 –1pm Atiu-Mauke (Girls), 2.10pm Atiu-Mauke (Boys), 3.20pm Aitutaki-Tupapa Maraerenga FC (Girls), 4.30pm Aitutaki-Tupapa Maraerenga FC (Boys)


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