Photo Credit: VFF Media
Vanuatu has selected a mix of experience and youth in their squad for the Women’s Olympic Football tournament -Oceania Qualifier 2024 in Samoa.
Coach Jean Robert Yalou has stuck with consistency ahead of this tournament, with 16 members of the 2023 Pacific Games squad to play in Apia.
Among the 22 players named, six of them are from the U-19 squad that reached the quarterfinals of the 2023 OFC U-19 Women’s Championship.
Coach Yalou is aiming for his side to reach to the semi-finals of the tournament, but they face daunting opposition in Group B from tournament favourites New Zealand, Tonga, and hosts Samoa.
“As a coach, I will take one game at a time. To make any predictions, no; we will see the results just after 90 minutes of play. As all teams want to qualify for the second stage, I also want to qualify for the second stage.”
One player that could be able to help with that is striker Elina Aruhuva, who was a standout at the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship in Fiji last year, scoring four goals at the tournament.
(Photo Credit: OFC Media via Kirk Corrie)
The full squad is as follows
Nettie Maeva Kalsau
Fervie Rina Siehi
Marie Noella Metoriki Fenue
Paulieana Jodine Manwo
Angelina Inneth Poida