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It’s been a busy 12 months for Tehau Holozet.

The 17-year-old was in Solomon Islands in September 2018, New Caledonia in February 2019 before joining the U-20 in Poland, via France, for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in May.

But he’s not done yet. This weekend Holozet is in Vanuatu where he captains the Tahiti U-17 in the inaugural OFC Youth Development Tournament 2019.

“This year I’ve played a lot with the national teams, especially the U-20s where I was called up a level,” Holozet said.

“We went to New Zealand with the U-20s then I took part in the OFC Champions League with my club in New Caleodnia, unfortunately we didn’t qualify for the finals, then I left with the U-20 for our preparations in France and then in Poland for the U-20 World Cup.

“It’s been a year where I have learned a lot and at a high level, it’s been good.”

With a new challenge steering him down, Holozet is hoping some of that experience he’s gained over the past year will assist him and his teammates with their performances in the tournament.

“I’ve learned a lot about my game, and my placement in particular. At the highest level you need to know where to be, and when. So that, and playing forward quickly are what I’ve learned. If you go backwards and you lose the ball, you pay the price,” Holozet said.

Tahiti Captain, Tehau Holozet

“I try to talk to my teammates a lot about the top level because the game is quick and before the World Cup I had no idea what was waiting for us. Now I just try and pass on to my teammates what the elite level means.”

Leading the team in Vanuatu is an exciting prospect for the young Tefana midfielder who believes an exciting challenge awaits him and his teammates.

“I’ve never played Papua New Guinea but I saw them play during the U-16 qualifier. We don’t know Estonia at all, but we expect them to be of a very, very high level because they come from UEFA, and I think they’ll be classically European in their style.”

Holozet plans to focus on what the team can achieve collectively, but he’s also set himself some personal objectives.

“Firstly, I would like to improve at this tournament, progress and gather experience from this opportunity to play with this team once more. When I come back, I’ll give my all for my club during the coming season and hopefully next season I’ll be playing in a professional club in France or in Europe.”

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