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BYU’s Daviana Vaka (27) battles with a Utah player for the ball during a women’s college football game in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BYU)

BYU’s Laveni and Daviana Vaka will travel to Fiji on July 10 to compete with the Tonga women’s national football team in the 2022 OFC Women’s Nations Cup.

“I am extremely grateful and honored to have this opportunity,” Laveni said. “I look forward to playing with some of the best players in Tonga and bringing to the team my own experience that I have gained here in the United States. My hope for this tournament is to help Tonga achieve their goal of qualifying for the World Cup It is a privilege and an honor to return to my roots and represent Tonga, the land of my ancestors and those of my sister.

The OFC Women’s Nations Cup will take place from July 13-30, with nine member associations taking part in a bid to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023. Cook Islands, Fiji, New -Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga and Vanuatu will play for the chance to join New Zealand, who automatically qualified as co-hosts, as representing Oceania at the World Cup. The tournament format will see three groups, each made up of three nations, play each other once, before the top two teams from each group, along with the top two third-placed teams from the group stage, advance to the quarter-finals. final. finals. The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will all be one-way matches, with the two losing semi-finalists also meeting in the playoffs for third place.

“I look forward to building friendships with the women of the Tonga national team and playing against the other Pacific islands,” Daviana said. “I wanted to do this in order to help contribute what I can on the pitch. Above all, to create memories and experiences that I will remember forever. I feel comfortable knowing that I will be playing with my sister, because it makes this whole experience even better.

Laveni and Daviana have been on BYU’s women’s soccer roster since 2019. Laveni will be a junior this season and Daviana will be a sophomore since wearing a red shirt in 2019. Following BYU’s appearance in the NCAA Women’s College Cup 2021, Laveni was named to the NCAA. All Tournament Team. The Vaka sisters are twins from Sandy, Utah and attended Juan Diego High School.

For updates, visit the Tonga Football Association Facebook page. The Tonga Football Association was founded in 1965 and is a member of OFC and FIFA. To view the full 2022 OFC Women’s Nations Cup schedule, visit oceaniafootball.com



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