VFF Announces Final 20 In National Under 17 Squad

VFF Technical Director and National Coach Carlos Buzzetti has announced the names of 20 players who have been selected into the final team to represent Vanuatu in the coming Oceania World Cup qualifying tournament in New Caledonia in April.
Before reading the final names at the meeting at VFF Haus on March 10, 2005. Carlos explained that all the players were good enough to be in a team; " but the reality is that only 20 players will make the team because this is the rule of the tournament but those of you who are not on the final list are on standby, meaning you could be called in at any time to fill in if one of your team mates in the team is injured."
Said Carlos.
Carlos also said that all the players including those on the standby list have had their visas approved and paid for. He said if parents or guardians can afford to pay for their air tickets, they would be most welcome to be with the team in Noumea and he would acquire official passes for them throughout the tournament.
"In this way, it would be easy just to add you on the team list if we incur any injuries during preparations and we need to make changes." Carlos explained.
On his part, VFF Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jimmy Nipo congratulated Mr. Carlos and Under 17 Coach Mr. Philemon John and the rest of the technical department team to represent the Republic of Vanuatu in another international tournament.
To the players, Mr. Nipo pointed out; "Only 20 of you will make the official Vanuatu team, but I want all of you to be proud that you have been involved in the process to forming a national team of our country.
"Whether you on the team or the standby team list, you are all ambassadors for Vanuatu, you will be representing yourselves, your coach, VFF and the whole of Vanuatu." Said Mr. Nipo.
Mr. Nipo reminded them of certain promises and commitment they have made with the management of VFF, in regards to self-discipline and staying away from harmful substances such as drugs, kava, alcohol and tobacco. He acknowledged the team as one of the best disciplined National Squad as saying, "I ask you to maintain that spirit because Vanuatu Football will depend on you to do so if we are all going to work together in taking Football to higher level in our country."
Also during the announcement of final team names, Mr. Joseph Obed was appointed as the Team Captain. Mr. Joseph is one of the two players selected from Shepherds United. Mr. Carlos says the vice captain will be decided later on in the week.
Meanwhile, the Vanuatu delegation will depart for Noumea on Friday 18 March, two weeks before the starts of the tournament on April 2nd, 2005.
This is mainly for final preparation purposes for the whole squad. VFF has been collaborating with the Vanuatu Community in Noumea through Pastor Silas Ware.
Already VFF has received confirmation from Pastor Silas that the Vanuatu community are ready to host the Vanuatu delegation during their two weeks preparation and to support the team during the game. VFF notes that it would be the first time that VFF is involving the Vanuatu Community in the French territory in any international competitions there.
The Dumbea Municipality is being also consulted and thanks to the ground works by the former lord mayor of port Vila Mr. Patrick Crowby Manarewo and the support from the present council.
The president of VFF, Mr. Johnny Tensley Lulu and VFF Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jimmy Nipo on behalf of the management of VFF, VF Executive and the rest of Vanuatu Football family and fans in wishing the National U17 squad and Officials good luck in their games.


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