OPINION: Interim board’s decision insults coach and players and infuriates Mate Ma‘a’s loyal fans

Ko e tootoo konga lalahi eni mei he fakakaukau kuo tohi atu i lalo i he fakamatala fakapālangi: Kuo faka’ita’i lahi ‘e he tu’utu’uni ‘a e poate fakataimi ‘a e kau poupou faivelenga mo māfana faufau ‘o e Mate Ma’a Tonga. Ko e uhinga kuo ‘omai ‘e he sea fakataimi’, Siaosi Koloamatangi, ‘oku fu’u vaivai ia ke fai ai hano tuli ‘o e faiako. Me’a ni’ ne ‘ikai mei lava ke nau veteki fakalelei pe ‘eni ‘i loto ‘oua ‘e tuli ‘a e faiako ‘o hoko ai ke faka’ita’i e kau va’inga? ‘E lava nai ‘e he poate fakataimi’ ‘o toe fa’u ha fo’i timi tu’u ki mu’a kuo a’u ‘enau va’inga’ ‘o ‘ikai toe lau ai e Mate Ma’a Tonga’ ko ha timi mei he Pasifiki’ ka kuo taku ia ko e timi fakavaha’apule’anga’. Ko e tā pupuha mo e feilaulau ‘a e tamaiki va’inga, ‘o tuku ange ‘a e pa’anga lau mano ne nau mei ma’u kae omi ki Tonga ‘o mālō pe ma’u ha vahe ai’, ‘oku hala’atā ha’ane hounga ‘e taha ki he poate ko ‘eni. Ko e poupou vela māfana ‘a e kau poupou’ tautefito ki Nu’u Sila na’a’ ne fakalotolahia ‘a e kau pule liiki fakavaha’a pule’anga’ ke toe fokotu’utu’u ha ngaahi tau lahi ange ma’a e MMT mo Nu’u Sila mo ‘Aositelēlia. Ko e fakalakalaka lahi ia ki hono teke e liiki ‘a Tonga’ ka ko e talu e hū mai ‘a e poate fakataimi’ mo e hangē kuo hōloa’ e poupou ‘a e kakai’ pea ko e tumutumu ‘eni kuo a’u ki ai ko e momoko ka ko ha momoko e kau poupou’. ‘Oku kei taimi pe ke fakakaukau’i ‘e he poate takataimi’ ‘enau tu’utu’uni’ pea fai ha me’a ki he lelei fakakātoa’.

The decision to sack Mate Ma’a coach Kristian Woolf has damaged the great spirit of rapport that has built up between fans and the team. Kaniva news has been talking to die-hard supporters in South Auckland about the decision and they vowed to boycott any future Mate Ma’a games. Many online users frankly expressed their…


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