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American Samoa hold Samoa in U-17 opener

With American Samoa leading 2-1, the visitors were whistled for a foul inside the penalty and the subsequent penalty kick by Samoa’s Filisi Keni in the 69th minute equalised the score.
“We let one slip away from us,” American Samoa coach Junior Mikaele says.
“Our players showed great energy in the first half and then sort of slacked off in that last half, allowing for that penalty kick that helped Samoa to tie the game.”
Kaleopa Siligi struck first for the territory with a sliding shot that found the corner of the far post during the tenth minute.
Keni’s first of two goals on the day would give the fans a reason to breathe easier with the equaliser coming just five minutes later.
But in the 35th minute a Siligi through ball found Sinisa Tua in midfield and with no defenders on him he chipped the ball over the goalie for American Samoa’s second goal.
“I’m proud of the boys and their very strong effort out there,” FFAS president and OFC executive committee member Iuli Alex Godinet says.
“They’re disappointed with the tie but they did well out there.”
The team will have a one-day rest before their next match against the Cook Islands at 5pm local time.
The Cook Islands won 7-1 against Tonga in the second match following the American Samoa-Samoa contest.
“All the players are healthy and well and there were no serious injuries during our game against Samoa,” FFAS CEO and team manager Tavita Taumua says.
“We thank you all everyone back at home for your prayers of support and all the players send their regards to their families and friends.”

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