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Areai gets Phoenix chance

Wednesday February 06, 2019 Written by Published in Soccer

Daryl Areai from the Matavera-Ngatangiia Football Club (MNFC) has the chance to achieve a childhood dream of becoming a professional football player. Daryl will next week begin a training attachment with the Wellington Phoenix Football Academy.


Over a three-week period, Daryl will train with the academy squad and experience first-hand the demands of young football players trying to become full-time professional players.

Jake Numanga, President of the MNFC, said that the club is proud to see one of their players given this opportunity to showcase their skills at such an elite level.

The MNFC are also grateful to Paul Temple, the Phoenix Academy Director for facilitating the training attachment.

Daryl, now 17, has been with the Matavera club since he was 10 years old. He has represented the Cook Islands at U-17 and U-20 level and is presently training with the men’s National Squad.   

- Release

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