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American Samoa Men’s U-20 squad finalized

“You have all been training hard for several months and the executive committee and I expect that you will give it your best,” Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet said during the team’s luncheon with their parents on Sunday, June 12.
“Play hard and put everything you have out on the field,” added the FFAS president. “You are playing for your country, for yourselves and for one another.”
The contingent, including a management team of five, departs for Tonga via Apia, Samoa and Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday, June 15. They are expected to arrive in Tonga on June 17 (June 16, local time).
The squad includes two veterans, senior national team members Paul Collins and Tor-Lawrence Mana’o, both with youth international caps to their names. However, the team is relatively young with seven of them young enough to play in the upcoming OFC Men’s U-17 Championship set for July 2-8, 2016 in Samoa.
Faiivae and the executive committee approved four off island players to join the squad, one from Seattle, Washington, another from Arizona and two from Hawaii.
American Samoa will face off against neighboring Samoa on June 21 (June 20, local time); faces off against hosts Tonga on June 24 (June 23, local time) before it’s preliminary finale on June 27 (June 26, local time) against the Cook Islands.
“The boys have been training hard and are looking forward to finally competing after practicing for so long,” said the team’s coach, Sione Mau. “We hope for the best and are thankful to the president and committee for their trust in us as well as their words of encouragement.”
FFAS Technical Director Rupeni Luvu travels as the team’s technical advisor while CEO Tavita Taumua is the team’s manager while Florence Wasko is the team’s physio.
This past Sunday the U-20 and 17 teams joined the Holy Cross parish in Leone for their regular, morning mass conducted by Rev. Kolio Etuale.
Etuale urged the players to have faith in themselves and prayed for their well being and safe return home. He also wished them the best of luck and thanked them for joining the Leone Holy Cross Parish mass that morning.
Vice-president Sandra Fruean and treasurer Amio Mavaega-Luvu were also on hand during the church service along with the parents of the players.
“Our boys know that it is going to be difficult to try to advance to the second stage because we have never advanced in this format,” Taumua pointed out. “And they have worked hard and plan to work hard in trying to get us to the next stage.”
“It’s time for them to use what we’ve been teaching them and we thank you all for your prayers and support,” Luvu said.
The team:
Kinikinilau Pouli
Hinckley Tufa
Paul Collins
Sione Moeaki
Willie Malele
Frank ‘JQ’ Hunt
Joseph Jr. Choi
Talalelei Auva’a
Simi Moeateau
Ferrin Manuleleua
Michael Settle
Gabriel Taumua
Tor-Lawrence Mana’o
Takai Pouli
Tauamo ‘TJ’ Fe’a
Joseph Purcell
Steven Fiso
Aliva Nautu