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Kohana Ada visits Saipan, shows interest in NMI national soccer team

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KOHANA Ada visited her father’s home island, Saipan, recently and played in the 2019-2020 Holiday Futsal Jam. She also expressed interest in joining the CNMI Girls National Team.

Kohana Ada, left, poses with Northern Mariana Islands Football Association executive committee member Norman Del Rosario at the TSL Sports Complex.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr. 

Born and raised in Japan, the 15-year-old athlete wants to experience the level of soccer on island. “I thought that it would be exciting to play for Saipan which is also my home,” she said. “I know it would be a big challenge for me because I don’t speak good English and communicating with the team members would not be easy, but that makes it even more exciting for me if I could play for the CNMI national team.”

While on island, she played one game for the Southern United Football Club as its goalkeeper and lived up to the expectations as she prevented TanHoldings Football Club from scoring. SUFC won that game, 7-0. In the finale, however, SUFC lost to the Kanoa Football Club, 2-4.

Ada said compared to the competition in Japan, Saipan’s was not different, adding that she felt right at home. “It’s a very friendly atmosphere in Saipan. But basically we are all same futsal/soccer players and I was happy that we could communicate with each other instantly through futsal without words! It was a lot of fun. Everyone was welcoming and friendly and that made me very comfortable.”

Ada has been playing soccer since she was 7. She joined the Kangawaken Girls U-15 Soccer League and the Kanagawaken Girls Junior High School Soccer Tournament in the last three years and the Kanagawaken Girls U-15 Soccer Tournament last year.

Her team won the championship in the Kangawaken Girls U-15 Soccer League and placed third in the Kanagawaken Girls U-15 Soccer Tournament.

She thought about joining the national team of Japan, but in the meantime, she is more focused on joining more tournaments and doing her best.

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