Samoa will be brandishing a whole new style of football at the Oceania Football Women’s Nations Cup 2022.
The Samoans are a mixture of local and overseas based players and according to them, are not here to just make up the numbers.
Samoan Head Coach Paul Ifill believes they have a good team and are looking forward to showcasing their talent in the competition.
They will be led by Switzerland-based mid-fielder Monique Fisher who plays for the Lugano Football Club.
“She will be noticed most by the other teams. It is important for the others to rise up to her level. I believe if they can do that then it gives us a better opportunity of doing well,” Ifill said.
Samoa is here to win and not just make up numbers.
“Obviously that is a massive ask but obviously I would not be here if I did not think that was possible,” said Ifill.
The Samoan coach has tipped the Papua New Guinea women to be the tournament hot favourite.
“But then again it is in Fiji and I know how Fijians are passionate about their sports in general, so whoever knocks Fiji out, whether it is PNG or whether it is us, will go on and win the tournament,” he said.
The two top teams of this tournament will be heading to the 2023 World Cup qualifiers. With New Zealand qualifying as the hosts for the World Cup, this is the first time a Pacific team will be represented at the pinnacle of the sport.
Samoa will feature in the first match of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup against Tonga at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva on July 13.