OFC Women’s Nations Cup: Fijians in semi-final

Fiji captain Jotivini Tabua controls the ball as a Cook Islands player closes her down. Picture: OFC

THE Fiji women’s football team have booked an historic semi-final spot in the OFC Women’s Nations Cup semi-finals after 20 years.

They won their game against Tonga 12-0 at New Caledonia on Thursday night. According to the Oceania Football Federation website they will be joined in the semi-finals by New Zealand’s Football Ferns which beat Cook Islands 6-0 in the evening match at Stade Numa Daly.

The Fijian girls beat Tonga in a match which saw three players scoring three goals each. Fiji coach Marika Rodu said his team would now plan ahead for its 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.

“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 added that he has 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. “We may have two more games that we want to focus on, semi-final and final.

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

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

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

Preliminary stage top scorer Trina Davis contributed with a brace of goals.

The win puts Fiji and New Zealand equal on six points after two wins but the Football Ferns is on top with a superior goal difference.

Tonga and Cook Islands will be playing on Sunday while Fiji takes on New Zealand for the final standings in Group B.

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