As the dust have settled at Lautoka Churchill Park we can all look up to sky and breath a sire of relief with a tap on our shoulders to say a job well done. I had mentioned earlier that we do not deserve to be playing in the preliminary rounds in order to qualify into the last round of qualifying stage. With the volume of talented players and investment on Women football in this country for the last 3-5 years, we should be rubbing shoulders with the best in this region.
We have now engraved our position to be number 8 in the Oceania region. With a position in the OFC SENIOR WOMEN NATION CUP in New Caledonia secured, there is no time to waste and no time to celebrate. Our sight is now to become the top 2 nation in the Oceania. To be in the top 2 position, we have a lot of catching up to do. I know this is a challenge I had signed up for.
The girls deserve time off and spend time with their families, they need time for the rehabilitation process, and they need time to recuperate, regenerate, self-reflect, and re-focus into the next fascinating task ahead of us. The journey only gets tougher from here and we all need to step it up to the next level.
We are pooled with the defending champions New Zealand, Cook Islands & Tonga in Pool B, whereas PNG, New Caledonia, Tahiti and Samoa makes up Pool A. Our first match is on the 19/11/18 against the Cook Islanders and second match is on the 22/11/18 against the Tongans and our last pool match is on the 25/11/18 against New Zealand. We couldn’t have asked for a better line up of matches as this. Our focus now is how to deal with Cook Islands as this may set up the rhythm and plat from for the championship.
The doors is wide open for all female players who demonstrate excellent potential to represent the country and the process will begin again for the battle of the best. We have identified some players during the Vodafone National Women League & Girls U18 League to join our extended training squad. All players will go through a screening process that includes drug testing, weight & BMI monitoring, endurance test, speed test etc. We will be mobile moving around the country to check on all players during the League games and to ensure they are at top shape prior to the announcement of the final camping.
As we flip upon a new chapter on Women Football in this country, a special mention needs to extend out to the parents. As parents we play a vital role in the physical development of our children, your support will be the X factor that would change the live of your child. Your support would be a driving force that will transfer your child to become a super athlete. To those parents that came down to Lautoka to support the Team, a big hearty thanks to you all and I hope to see you again in the future.