Rita Solomon

Vanuatu U19 Captain, Rita Solomon, taking away the ball from a Fijian opponent. Photo: OFC

Vanuatu’s Under 19 girls may have lost the semi-final match yesterday to New Zealand at a heavy score of 11-0 but they should hold their heads high because they reached the semi-final stage.

The national Under 19 girls’ team went into the semi-final knowing they were facing a strong New Zealand team.

This was the expectation of Vanuatu’s U19 girls’ captain, Rita Solomon, before the semi-final match with New Zealand.

Solomon says they have heard that New Zealand is a very tough team but know that they are more developed and also that they have a women’s league, unlike Vanuatu that does not have a league back home to regularly play football matches.

She said no matter what, her team will face New Zealand in the semi-final and they will work hard as always.

Vanuatu faced New Zealand after beating Fiji by 1- 0.

This latest match result is a small improvement from the last time the team lost at a high score, which was against the Junior Matildas of Australia, at a score of 13-0.

It was a preparatory match that gave the team confidence to enter the Oceania Under 19 tournament.

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