Kumar: Fijian U19 Girls Must Lift Game

The Fijian Women’s Under-19 football team must improve their play if they are to beat hosts Cook Islands in the second pool game today.
03 Sep 2019 15:12
Kumar: Fijian U19 Girls Must Lift Game
Fijian Women Under-19 striker Asilika Gasau takes a shot at goal against Solomon Islands in Rarotonga, Cook Islands on August 31, 2019. Photo: OFC Media

The Fijian Women’s Under-19 football team must improve their play if they are to beat hosts Cook Islands in the second pool game today.

This was the view of Fijian Women U19 coach Sunil Kumar despite their impressive 3-1 win over the Solomon Islands last Saturday.

‘Although I’m delighted with the win, but I’m also keenly aware of the importance of maintaining our momentum, by backing it up with an equally strong performance,” he told OFC Media.

Kumar said they need improve upfront and score the much-needed goals if they want to beat the hosts who are also favourites to win.

“We have some weaknesses, the girls were guilty of wasting a number of opportunities and we have to work on our finishing.

“At times we also lost our structure when we were defending so we have to improve in both areas. It’s always tough against the hosts, we expect them to be tough and it will be a tough game for us.”

The hosts are confident after they scored an upset 1-0 win over Vanuatu. Despite dominating most of their opening encounter against Vanuatu, Tuka Tisam’s charges left it to the dying minutes to secure a vital victory, and the former Suva coach knows his players will need to be more clinical against Fiji.

A win for either side will go a long way to secure Group A supremacy and Tisam is urging his troops to rise to the challenge.

“I saw their match and they are a very good side, they are very physical, they can create a lot of chances in front of goal so and we are looking forward to taking them on in a good match. This will be a very difficult task for us, and we have to come up with a plan against Fiji,” the Cook Islands coach said.

The match kicks-off at 2pm.


Cook Islands – 1. Daimzel Rongokwa (GK), 2. Merran Munro, 3. Teretia Teinaki, 4. Esther Potoru, 5. Tiamarama Tuivaga, 6. Tehinnah Tatuava, 7. Piri Murare, 8. Jessica Warmington, 9. Kura Mose, 10. Ngametua Taringa, 11. Moeroa Harmon, 12. Ngamata Moekaa, 13. Tarita Mamanu, 14. Eitiare Tangirere, 15. Lyric Davison, 16. Keana Maaka, 17. Tepaeru Ngaroi, 18. Tineke De Jong, 20. Alma Ngametua. Head Coach: Tuka Tisam (Cook Islands)

Fiji – 1. Maria Parr (GK), 2. Lusiana Lagilevu, 3. Ledua Senisea, 4. Amelia Cevariki, 5. Laniana Qereqeretabua, 6. Vitalina Naikore, 7. Koleta Likuculacula, 8. Aliza Hussein, 9. Asenaca Diranuve, 10. Asilika Gasau, 11. Emily Rokociri, 12. Louisa Simmons, 13. Kelera Radinical, 14. Adi Anasimeci Volitikoro, 15. Losana Bainivalu, 16. Dilaisana Drodrolagi, 17. Unaisi Ralumu, 18. Fulori Sukulu, 19. Viniana Buke, 20. Seru Vasuitoga (GK). Head Coach: Sunil Kumar (Fiji)

Match officials

Referee: Roger Adams (Papua New Guinea)

Assistant Referee 1: Telesia Teisina (Tonga)

Assistant Referee 2: Vaihina Teura (Tahiti)

Fourth Official: Lindsey Robinson (England)


New Zealand 30-0 Samoa, Tahiti 7-0 American Samoa, Fiji 3-1 Solomons, Vanuatu 0-1 Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea 0-8 New Caledonia.


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