Mita Michiteru, head coach of the Northern Mariana Islands U17 national team, sheds tears during the post-match press conference. In a game that was lost to China U17 national team 0-11 in the AFC U17 Asian Cup 2023 qualifying round Group G at Shepparton Sports City Stadium, Shepparton. Australia last afternoon.
Northern Mariana Islands national team It is the only member nation of the Asian Football Federation (AFC) that is not yet to affiliate member of FIFA, but it is still a nation that continues to send teams in youth competitions. But the footsteps of the players who are still very inferior to other nations cause them to often be shot by opponents in bulk.
In addition, the Northern Mariana Islands National Team in this competition They have conceded 34 goals in their past two games, with the last game being defeated to Australia 0-23.
“I know we are very small and I saw all the Facebook comments saying we shouldn’t be here. The boys all saw that,” Mita said.
“Young people need something to dream about & to be a national team player is one of the dreams of island people.”
“But something needs to motivate them. That’s why this international tournament is a very important part of being able to motivate & to give the dream to our players”
“After the first game Vicente cried when he was subbed out, and today he wanted to show something for us. I am so proud. He was excellent.”
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