Cook Islands women’s football team captain Elizabeth Harmon has mixed feelings ahead of the opening match against Fiji in the Women’s Nations Cup Group B clash tomorrow at Stade Numa Daly, New Caledonia.
The 26-year-old who is playing at the peak of her career said she can’t wait to hit the ground running against Fiji despite also bearing the task of captaining the squad.
“I am excited and nervous at the same time but I am ready to play for my country,” she said.
Harmon, who plays for Tupapa Maraerenga FC, made her debut in a 1-1 draw against Guam at the 2011 Pacific Games in Noumea.
She was also a member of the Cook Islands team who played in the OFC Women’s Nations Cup in 2014.
The inspirational midfielder then led the Cook Islands to an historic bronze medal at the 2015 Pacific Games after a 2-0 win over Samoa.
“The highlight of my football career would be in Papua New Guinea for the South Pacific Games where we won the bronze medal and we made history for Cook Islands soccer.
“Being captain of that team was a really special moment for me,” she highlighted.
Rarotonga born and bred, she showed her patriotic side in the pride she has to play for her country at this OFC Women’s Nations Cup here in Noumea.
“It feels awesome as always representing Cook Islands as a country. I feel proud to represent my country, my family and football club, it is always awesome,” she added.
Cook Islands will be taking on Fiji in Group B’s second kick-off tomorrow and Harmon believes that anything can happen if her team mates stick to the coach’s plan.
“I think there are several bits of advice the coach has given me but the most important thing is to play as a team and improve on your flaws in football,” she stated.
Harmon and Cook Islands will get their 2018 OFC Women’s Nations Cup campaign underway against Fiji at Stade Numa Daly on Monday 19 November from 5pm.