APIA – The inaugural Football Federation Samoa futsal tournament has wrapped after three thrilling weeks of on-court action.
The tournament, held at the J.S. Blatter Complex in Tuanaimato on the recently inaugurated Goal IV Project futsal court, started in late-August with 23 teams.
That number was whittled down to just 16 sides which battled it out in the play-off for a spot in the quarter-finals.
FFS technical development officer Martin Tamasese says he was very excited to see the futsal court, which was inaugurated in September 2013 by OFC President David Chung, being well used by the football community already.
“I am so excited to see our local players have the opportunity to play on such a fantastic facility and also for the youth development programmes that we have in place which will benefit greatly from the introduction of this sport,” Tamasese says.
Kiwi, a club known for their prowess on the football field, extended that talent to the court making their way to the final where they encountered an equally strong Lupe ole Soaga.
It was a hard fought battle which Kiwi 2 managed to edge ahead in to take the first ever FFS Futsal Tournament title.
Triumphant Kiwi 2 captain Lionel Taylor says he’s incredibly pleased his side could capitalise on their preparations to earn the maiden title.
“I am so proud of the great effort that was done by our team, they worked very hard and now they have made it on to where they expected themselves to be,” Taylor says.
Lupe ole Soaga captain Victor Lapalapa says his team prepared well and he was proud of their efforts in making it to the final.
“Unfortunately two teams cannot both win a race,” Lapalapa says.
FFS hopes to continue to make good use of the futsal court with plans to host a women’s futsal tournament followed by a business-house tournament which will be open to the public.
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