Oceania Nations Cup: Fiji books historic first semi-final appearance

The Fiji women's football side before the match against Tonga. Picture: SUPPLIED/OFC

THE Vodafone Fiji women’s football team has booked a historic first appearance in the OFC Women’s Nations Cup semi-finals in 20 years after an equally historic 12-0 win over Tonga, according to a report by OFC.

They’ll be joined in the semi-finals by New Zealand’s Football Ferns who beat Cook Islands 6-0 in the evening match at Stade Numa Daly.

In a report by OFC, the Bula girls completely overwhelmed Tonga in a match that saw three players score hat-tricks.

Luisa Tamanitoakula went on to add four goals to the tally after opening the scoring with an early sixth-minute goal.

Cema Nasau and Sofi Diyalowai were also in impressive form as they too scored three goals a piece.

Preliminary stage top scorer Trina Davis contributed with a brace as she displayed another impressive performance.

The report goes on to say that the win puts Fiji and New Zealand equal on six points after two wins but the Football Ferns sitting top with a superior goal difference.

Fiji coach Marika Rodu said his team would now be planning ahead of the semi-final encounter.

“We will take the win but at the same time we need to come back down to earth and look ahead to a game which will most probably be New Caledonia or Papua New Guinea,” he said in the report.

“So for us, while we are getting closer to our goal, it’s important we stay focused and looking forward to the next game.”

Rodu said he had mixed feeling after leading the Fijian women’s football side to the semi-finals for the first time in 20 years.

“It’s a bit mixed – you want to celebrate but at the same time, the journey is not at its end yet.

“Coming from the qualifiers stage, I think we have made a significant progress and it is something that Fiji women’s football back in the country would like to reflect back on to measure our level.”

Tonga coach Christian Koaneti congratulated Fiji for a well-deserved win.

“First of all, credit to Marika and his girls because we came into the game to challenge Fiji,” the Tongan coach said.

“But at the end, Fiji was on the upper hand and we are now looking forward to the final group game against Cook Islands.”

Fiji takes on New Zealand on Sunday to define the final standings in Group B ahead of the semi-finals.

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