The women’s team performed beyong themselves to win their third consecutive gold medal at the recent Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia.
They won in 2003 in Suva, Fiji and Apia, Samoa in 2007. Coach Steven Mune said they have alot of work to do in terms of rebuilding the team to be competitive at thwat is expected to be a higher level of competition.
Mune said “I can say that there are number of areas where improvements will be made through possible changes to the team. With the start of the National Soccer League for the women, it will be a good opportunity to be on the look out for potential players that the team needs.
“At this stage the players will be given a short break with only monitored training once a week.”
Mune said all areas from building up strike power upfront, distribution role in the mid-field and the development of stronger backs will be part of the major overhaul before they can consider sending a team abroad.
“The lead up match in Australia and New Caledonia highlighted a lot of areas in terms of the positive aspectes but also a number of areas where we lacked as well,” he said
“The next couple of months will be important to gauge our strengths again and obviously with the positive thought that we can go to the next stage confidently.”
The other countires expefcted to take part are Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Tonga.
“Tonga opted not to take part in Noumea with the aim to prepare for Fiji, so that should be interesting as well,” he said.
Muine also confirmed that the winner of that tournament will play New Zealand. “The winner of this match will represent Oceania at the Olympic Games,” he said