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Tough road ahead for CNMI U16 national team

A TOUGH a battle lies ahead for the CNMI U16 Boys National Team as they make their way to the Asian Football Confederation U16 Championship 2018 Qualifier this coming September 16 to 24 in Bangkok, Thailand, but nonetheless they are ready, according to supporters.

“When you join AFC there will be no easy matches, every country is tough,” stated NMIFA President Jerry Tan during last Tuesday’s send-off ceremony held at the Kanoa Resort.

“You know it’s going to be a tough one but show them what you guys have on the field,” he added.

Jerry Tan presents the flag to team captain Sebastien Manabat and Terrence Montenegro during last Tuesday’s send-off ceremony at Kanoa Resort.

Even with the expected difficulty of matches, coaches Michiteru Mita, Jershwin Angeles and Jonathan Jones Takano have been preparing for this event for over a year and expect to bring back home results.

Along with officials Mita, Angeles and Takano are Team Manager Rodwealth Espana, Physiotherapist Hazel Mabasa and Yuki Masuda.

As for the team, Floyd Muna, Taka Borja, Joshua Mendez, Jhoey Noble, Ichiro Borja, Kirt Andon, John Rojas, Mark Esalan, Ian Maniago, Terrance Montenegro, Kaden Church, Sebastien Manabat, Reginald Pascual, Rinto Takahashi, Eun Hahn, Razeff Altamirano, Joseph Rasa, Jason Quimzon, John Canape and Jamin Elliot fill the U16 roster.

The U16 Boys National Team pose with their officials during last Tuesday’s send-off ceremony at Kanoa Resort.  Photos by James F. Sablan Jr.

The team will be facing Thailand, who is expected to be the toughest, along with Loas, Indonesia and Timor-Lest.

NMIFA has sent four teams this year, the U15 girls to Shanghai while the other three went sent to training camps held at Japan, Korea and Guam. But they are not done yet as they will be sending four more teams off-island sending a total a total of eight teams.

The U18 Boys National Team, for the first time, will be going to Australia in November while the U18 and U19 Girls will be heading to Guam in October for the revived Marianas Cup.