Samoa announce their best team in 30 years
Samoa announce their best team in thirty years
The Samoa Football Soccer Federation has named their 21 man squad that will compete in the August-September South Pacific Games.
The Team is considered to be the best team in 30 years, having experienced players not only locally but also internationally. In fact seven players are off-island.
Technical Adviser Jerry Tuimaseve told Observer Sport, the level of Soccer in Samoa has advanced a lot in the last 30 years. Fitness and skills of players have improved and contributing much to that improvement are the training methods being used, for example the well balanced diet the players are put on. "The training level that the team is at right now, is very much in comparison with Australia and New Zealand," said Tuimaseve
"The players are under a strict diet, limiting fat, meat and also carbohydrate, we know that food affects the performance of the players very much."
"Our management is proud and happy with the results that we have seen from the players in training. They have improved a lot in terms of fitness and skills."
The National Team will be playing for more than a gold medal in the Games. FIFA has allowed the South Pacific Games to be a qualifying round not only for the World Cup but also the Olympics.
"If we win gold during the Games, we will be qualified to play New Zealand for a spot in the Soccer World Cup," said Tuimaseve.
MANUMEA FOR THE SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES
Cahill Chris, Australia
Faaiuaso Desmond, Lepea
Michael Junior, Gru Azull
Fonoti Damien Otto, NZ
Taylor Lionel, Kiwi
Tyrell Edwin, Sogi
Tumua Penitito Tofi, Gru Azull
Hoeflich Joseph Kenny, Kiwi
Hoeflich Max Tom, Kiwi
Stanfield Keith Francis Tasi, England
Sale Jerrel, Gruz Azull
Ugapo Fauivi, Sogi
Fuimaono Sakaria, Lepea
Petana Horst Okesene, Vaivase-Tai
Schwalger Passi Junior, Australia
Umutaua Sapati, Kiwi
Mapusua Iosefo Samita, Adidas
Bureta Filipo, NZ
Savaga Voa, NZ
Uli Filipo, Vaivase-Tai
Kapisi Bevan, NZ
Last Modified on 22/07/2007 10:01