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Blues coach boosts national team

The announcement was made by SIFF president, William Lai, who said that the Tribulietx has joined the national team in Sydney where the team is based before heading to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
“We are very pleased to announce that Ramon Tribulietx has been engaged to work with our national team. He is very experienced and a champion in our region so we hope he will bring a lot of positives to the team,” Lai said.
It was revealed that negotiations were initiated soon after the OFC Champions League tournament in New Zealand by the SIFF chief executive officer, Neil Poloso. An agreement was struck last week resulting in Tribulietx cutting short his holiday and jetting to join the team.
Head coach, Moses Toata, was delighted with the engagement and praised Tribulietx.
“I am happy to hear this – this is a step in the right direction for the team. Tribulietx has valuable experience and we are happy to have his assistance as we prepare for the Nations Cup,” said Toata.
Veteran forward Benjamin Totori was clearly joyous about Tribulietx joining the national team when he described it as a welcome boost.
“I was very happy when I heard that Ramon is coming to join the team. I think he will add the Spanish flair to our game so am really excited to work with him. He is one of the best coaches in the region and has a good understanding of both the island and New Zealand’s game,” Totori says.
The forty-three year old Tribulietx hails from the Barcelona in Spain and transited to coaching after a career as a player. He joined Auckland City as assistant coach in 2008 and took over as head coach in 2010.
Tribulietx is the most successful coach in the region having won the OFC Champions League in different formats from 2011 and including the 2016 competition held in April. His most significant achievement is taking Auckland City to third place finish at the FIFA Club World Cup in 2014.

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