The CNMI Women’s National Team had a six-day training camp in Japan in preparation for its campaign in the 2018 EAFF Women’s Preliminary Round 1. The camp, which ran from June 21 to 26 at the Seisa Hakone Sengokuhara Sports Club, saw the CNMI players challenging with Japan Football Association’s U15 Team and Toyo High School in training matches. The CNMI players also dueled three Seisa teams on June 24th at SEISA OISO Campus. The CNMI lost to Seisa’s adult squad, 0-7, to the high school team, 0-3, and the middle school, 0-2. Although they lost the games, it was a positive input and output for the players overall. The players are very much happy and they appreciate all the support they are getting from NMIFA, Seisa, JFA, and Jerry Tan. We hope that this trip helped the girls refocus their goals and objectives for EAFF and upcoming friendlies and tournaments,” the team manager said.
“We would like to thank all that helped made this camp happen. We were well taken care of while at the Seisa Hakone Sports Club. Everyone welcomed us warmly every day. We had very competitive and challenging matches all throughout. Off the pitch, the girls always greeted the staff with a smile and they would work together to clean up after each meal and take care of the equipment. They looked out for each other,” team manager Angie Ito said.