Samoa’s Kiwi FC returns to the scene

After a 2 year absence from the OFC Champions League, the Kiwi Football Club is busy preparing to qualify for this competition.

The qualifying stage of the Champions League is scheduled to kick off on 26 January until 1 February in the Cook Islands.

Coach Martin Tamasese acknowledges that it’s going to be a challenging tournament especially since their opening match is against Tupapa FC the Cook Islands National Champions.

“Seeing the draw and playing them (Tupapa FC) in the opening match will really challenge our preparations” he said, “they will be playing on home ground and we know they prepared well including the recruitment from abroad form some experienced players.”

The 2018 FFS National League champions are not new to the region’s club championships. They competed in it as recently as 2013 & 2016 and on both occasions  they won the Preliminary qualifying stage, so they are confident of progressing again this year.

Twenty players and 3 management staff have been selected to travel for this tournament.

The team is scheduled to depart the country Wednesday night.

Team List

  1. Pele Eti Fatu
  2. Eli Junior Satuala
  3. Federico Diaz
  4. Kenneth Kerewi
  5. Kitiona Nauer
  6. Andrew Setefano
  7. Jarrell Sale
  8. Adrian Cedeno Mera
  9. Samuelu Malo
  10. Paulo Scanlan
  11. Falaniko Nanumea
  12. Timote Hala
  13. Lionel Taylor
  14. Lafi Ioane
  15. Lotial Mano
  16. Silao Malo
  17. Tavita To’o
  18. Janardhan Goswami
  19. Ansheil Anil Kumar
  20. Cihan Erbil
  21. Semu Faimata


  1. Martin Tamasese – Head Coach
  2. Paul Scanlan – Team Manager
  3. Phineas Young – Assistant Coach


Photo courtesy FFS