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Samoan Women Officials Attend International Tournament

They are Anuilagi Mulipola, Maria Akenese Tamalelagi, and Filoi Eneliko. The Football Federation Samoa (FFS) in collaboration with FIFA, selected the individuals after they successfully participated at a referee’s course which took place in August 2010, in Samoa.
Mulipola and Tamalelagi both play club football and they have also been working as referees during the current 2010-2011 SamoaTel National League Season. Both were confirmed as referees and assistant referees after passing a FIFA fitness test in New Zealand, which involved speed and endurance. It is also the first time that both have travelled outside of Samoa.
Eneliko has represented Samoa as an athlete in rugby and touch rugby. She is also a Physical Education teacher at Saint Joseph’s College. She will be attending the tournament as a fitness instructor. Her main duties will involve working with other fitness instructors and implementing fitness programs for all referees during the tournament.
This is a dream come true for me to represent Samoa as a football referee at a big international tournament and I can’t wait for the tournament to start. I have worked hard and I am confident that I will be able to do well as an official”, stated Tamalelagi.
FFS CEO, Fred Young, expressed his delight; “We are all thrilled that three of our own girls have been given this opportunity. They all worked hard during the recent FIFA course and they deserve this, we wish them all the best”.
Mr Young also added; “One of our main goals at FFS is to develop our local referees, and improve the standard of refereeing in Samoa. The experience that they will get from the tournament will also improve their standard of refereeing, which upon returning to Samoa they will be able to pass down to other fellow referees”.
The OFC Women’s Nations Cup, will be held from September 29 to October 8 in Auckland. This tournament is the preliminary qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. The winner of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup will represent the Oceania region at the Word Cup.

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