American Samoa is set to take on Fiji in their final game of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup Qualifier at Churchill Park in Lautoka, Fiji on Aug. 30, 2018 (Aug. 29, local date).
The team lost its first two games by narrow margins, and hopes to end the tournament on a high note against the hosts, Fiji. In their first game against the Solomon Islands, they lost 2-0 (Aug. 24), before being edged by Vanuatu 1-0 (Aug. 27).
American Samoa is standing in the way of Fiji’s path to the second stage of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup later this year. Fiji is ahead of the Solomon Islands by a differential of goals as both teams are equal on points with four each.
American Samoa hopes to play spoiler on this last day by pulling off a win, or at least a draw.
In an interview with OFC Media, coach Larry Mana’o said that they are not going to lie down against the hosts.
“We’re not going to roll over for Fiji. We’re coming in fighting. We’re not done,” he said. “This tournament is about goals, you’ve got to get goals to win if we want any kind of results, a win or a draw, we’ve got to score.”
He said he was proud of the players giving their best efforts during their recent game against Vanuatu and added that it was the finishing part that was discouraging.
“I’m disappointed with our conversions,” he told OFC Media. “We had a lot of opportunities, a lot of chances, but just didn’t have enough to get it into the net.”
The game kicks off at 4 p.m. local time, and will be streamed live. The link to the live streaming can be found on the OFC website, www.oceaniafootball.com
“We wish the players and management the best of luck during the game, and are praying for their safe return after the tournament,” said FFAS President, Sen. Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet.
The team departs Fiji on Aug. 30, and is scheduled to arrive in American Samoa on Aug. 31.