As mentioned before, I'm no stranger to CONIFA and although I've only been an active follower since the start of the year when my home county, Yorkshire, formed their own team, my first experience of watching a CONIFA side came a year ago at Damson Park, the home of Solihull Moors. With an interest in non-league football, my attention was drawn to a fixture between England C versus Panjab and it was from then on that I started to keep an eye on the leaps and strides that the volunteer run governing body of football were making. England C, a side made of non-league players in England, may well have beaten the plucky Panjabi's by the odd goal that day but it wasn't all about the result in this end of season outing. This was a huge occasion for the Asian side, whose roots are laid in northern India and east Pakistan, as they became the first South Asian team to face an England national side- and it was very well attended too!
|This is what football is all about|
|The Purewal twins are gonna be up for the World Cup|
PoF asks: With climate change being a very serious and dangerous matter in Tuvalu, as it is in many island nations, what does it mean for the country to be sending a team to the CONIFA World Cup in London?
Tinilau answers: It means to send a signal to the World that even though we are being impacted by climate change but we find comfort in playing the beautiful game of football. Sports unite people in the face of adversity. We will also try to advocate at the same time and hopefully both developing and developed countries will help us solve this global issue.
PoF asks: You’ve drawn two of the top five CONIFA nations in Group C and you won’t be the favourites by a long shot. Realistically, how far do you think the team can go in the competition?
Tinilau answers: Everything is possible in football. If Roma can beat Barca by 3 goals to nil then Tuvalu can beat any team in the tournament. It is our aim to make the top four and will work hard for that.
PoF asks: Alopua Petoa looks to be your main threat ahead of the tournament, what sort of a player can we expect to see in the Tofaga FC striker?
Tinilau answers: We have other players who could also cause trouble but for Alopua you can expect the best from him in this tournament. He will try to score more goals for Tuvalu.
PoF asks: Being from Yorkshire, I am looking forward to seeing my home county at the next CONIFA World Cup. How excited are you for the 2018 tournament?
Tinilau answers: I am very excited and so are the players as this is the first time ever for Tuvalu to play in such a high-level football tournament and we will try to make the most of it.
PoF asks: Pint of Football is about two things- pints and football! Will you guys be enjoying a beer or two during the tournament? Tinilau answers: I think only me, the President, will enjoy a beer or two as our boys have a mission in this tournament and need not drawn into such temptation.
|Tuvalu are also my allocated team from this @ChrisDolmanArt GIF|
|1) Hayes Lane- Bromley (National League Premier)|
|2) Queen Elizabeth II- Enfield Town (Isthmian League Premier)|
|3) Coles Park- Haringey Borough (Isthmian League Premier)|
|4) Larges Lane- Bracknell Town (Isthmian League South Central)|
|5) Arbour Park- Slough Town (National League South)|
|A CONIFA World Cup Sticker Book would have been magnificent|
|Especially if this man's on form!|
|Thanks to @ThatChris1209 for making my work look so beautiful|
|This is mine, in case you were wondering|
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