25 Oct 2014

OFC Women's Nations Cup kicks off in PNG

10:41 am on 25 October 2014

The 2014 OFC Women's Nations Cup kicks off this morning in Papua New Guinea.

Four international sides will be vying for the title of champion over the next few days.

Koro Vaka'uta reports.

"The defending champion New Zealand Football Ferns will play Tonga first before the hosts Papua New Guinea take on a young Cook Islands side. The teams will play each other once with the best team being named Oceania champion but even more importantly, they'll also bag a spot at the FIFA Women's World Cup next year. The experienced Ferns will be hot favourites led by the centurion Aby Erceg but PNG and Tonga have had extended buildups under Australian coach Gary Phillips and consultant Rale Rasic respectively. The Cook Islands squad features the Harmon sisters including 14 year old Moeroa who is expected to impress despite her age. After today the teams play again on Monday with the final round of matches taking place on Wednesday at Kokopo's Kalabond Oval."