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Kafa enjoying thrill of competition

Loving the familial vibe the team environment offers, the youngster is equally thrilled that she’s been able to make a meaningful contribution to her side’s campaign.
“I’m so happy to be here and especially when I scored the one goal,” she says of her strike against Samoa in Tonga’s 4-1 victory on Match Day 3.
“It was very hard playing Samoa but I don’t care about going in hard.
“Coach asked me to go in hard so that’s what I did. But he also said do it with fairplay.
Tonga coach Christian Koaneti says his instructions for Kafu were simple for the match against Samoa.
“I told her to just pressure the Samoa back line and at the end I think she did a good job of pressuring the Tonga defence.”
A product of the OFC Just Play Programme, Kafa says it was a great way to get her start in football and she’s loving the game more and more with every match.
“It’s a good programme with lots of kids and I liked being able to learn more about football and healthy living.”
Tall and athletic, Kafa says her speed often gives her an advantage, and that was evident against Samoa as she constantly threatened Samoa with her pace.
“My event is 100m, so I’m quick but my energy is short.”
And while she’s a sprinter she’s also dabbled in other sports too.
“She’s a natural netballer and only came two years ago to join our U-15 development squad,” Koaneti says.
“I think with a few more years of consistent training she’ll start to do better and better, lets see.”
Tonga remain in the running in Group A but will need to produce a good result against New Zealand in their final group match on Monday.


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