Aurentz dedicates win to families back in Tahiti


THE Tahitian head coach had dedicated their first win of the OFC Under-16 Championship back to their respective families back home.

This follows their narrow 2-1 win over francophone rival New Caledonia in yesterday’s Pool B contest at the Lawson Tama Stadium.

“I’m very happy, it’s never easy to play against New Caledonia and in recent years it’s been very hard to get a win against this country – today (yesterday) we did.

“We’re thinking of our family back home in Tahiti, this victory is for them.

“But we can’t just sit on this; we have to keep going and Fa’aioto, as we say at home, bonne courage.”

Tahiti took up earlier lead in the first half through Tekaki Sangue before adding the second one in the second 45 minutes through Denji Kaiha to seal the win.

Aurentz added that New Caledonia is a very technical side but they managed to pull through with the win.

“The Cagous were right there in the match for impede our game, and the heat as well meant it was tough out there.

“Our opponents were very technical, and we’re happy with the result today to progress in this competition, it’s important for us to try and achieve first place in the group.

“Congratulations to New Caledonia as well they were a great opponent.

“We have two days now to rest, recover and prepare for the next match against Fiji,” the coach added.

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