The chance to grow women’s football at club and community level has persuaded one of New Zealand’s most-travelled footballers to take up the challenge of coaching in her home city of Auckland.
Football Fern Emma Kete (34) has been appointed head coach at Manukau United after a long playing career which began at Auckland’s Three Kings United in 2008 and includes:
- More than 50 internationals for New Zealand.
- Participating in four FIFA Women’s World Cups and Olympic tournaments.
- Playing for leading clubs in Canada, the United States, Finland, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Announcing Kete’s appointment, Manukau United’s statement says:
“Emma is a proud descendant of Maniapoto and brings with her a wealth of football experience …
“Emma aims to build football pathways and a strong base for rangatahi in South Auckland and we look forward to supporting Emma and our community on this waka.
“The appointment of Emma Kete and the programmes soon to be announced launch an exciting and unprecedented direction for our game in South Auckland and in Aotearoa.”
Of her appointment, Kete says:
“I’ve been watching Manukau’s journey over the last few years and the kaupapa evolve.
“I’m excited I finally get to be a part of the club and the community and contribute as much as I can. The potential of this club and community excites me!
“I want all women to feel welcome in our environment and encourage anyone and everyone to come down and get involved.”