Tahiti releases provisional National Team squads for training

The continental tournaments in Oceania are currently suspended due to COVID-19 pandemics, including the 2020 OFC Nations Cup that would be the first round of Oceanian Qualification for 2022 FIFA World Cup.

With OFC Nations Cup cancelled, the Oceania Football Federation must set a new model to be used as 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers that is likely to begin later this year. As part of the preparation for the qualifiers a 30-men list was announced as Tahiti National Team provisional squad and you can check this list by clicking here. Samuel Garcia remains as the head coach and will lead the training sessions.

There are some good names from this list like Terai Bremond, François Hapipi and Abdel Kader Lazreg that are currently playing in France. They will add a lot of power to this team that already counts on good local players like Teaonui Tehau and Tamatoa Tetauira from AS Vénus while 2019-20 Ligue 1 VINI top scorer Sandro Tau is not in the list.

Another name that must be highlighted is Yann Pennequins Le-Bras, a 26-year-old midfielder from France that has been playing in Tahiti for a while.

Tahiti National Team will be training together in the upcoming weeks

While senior World Cup will take place in 2022, FIFA U17 and U20 World Cups are confirmed to be contested next year which means that the Oceanian qualifiers must take place in the upcoming months.

There are two tournaments that are used as qualifying rounds for FIFA World Cups at men’s youth level: the U16 and U19 championships. The football federation from Tahiti (FTF) got ahead and released a 25-men list as their U16 provisional squad. You can check the full list by clicking here.

All U16 players must go to AS Dragon Stadium, from 6 July to 31 July from 8am to 10:30am. Tahiti is a very traditional nation when it comes to youth football in Oceania. They finished 2018 OFC U16 Championship in the third position after losing to New Zealand in the semi-finals.

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