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FLYING ARROWS BA PREPARE FOR DANONE NATIONS CUP

Saint Teresa Primary School students Maria Lewavuni and Zareen Nisha have been guaranteed a spot in the Flying Arrows team which will participate in the Danone Nations Cup in France.

Lewavuni and Nisha are the only girls part of the champion Flying Arrows team preparing for the prestigious next month.

With the tournament rules requiring the participation of females in each team, both Lewavuni and Nisha have been automatically selected into the final 14-member squad barring any serious injury concerns before the team departs on Sunday.

Flying Arrows coach Farouk Janeman said 18 players are in the squad preparing for the trip.

"The tournament requires a female player on the field during the duration of any match," Janeman said.

"Both Maria and Zarin have been part of the team for sometime. They played in the Oceania playoffs in New Caledonia and have good soccer sense. They are confident playing along side their male team members."

Janeman has been forced to delay the final squad due to injury concerns.

Last week star central midfielder and captain Ravneet Chand sustained an ankle injury during training and is still recovering.

Janeman said they will play a few more games against club sides in Ba in the next few days before naming the final squad.

Flying Arrows qualified for the Danone Nations Cup after beating Auckland FC in the OFC Youth Festival final in Noumea in May.

The Danone Nations Cup, which is sponsored by soccer celebrity Zinedine Zidane, aims to develop a sense of team spirit and fair play amongst children.

Since its inception in 2000, the Danone Nations Cup has become the world’s top football tournament for children in the 10-12 age group and is authorised by soccer’s world governing body FIFA.

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