After resigning from Nadroga FC, I thought I would get a job in Samoa pretty easily since their schedule is similar to Fiji. Turns out I was wrong. Very wrong.
In fact, I had to wait for an entire year before I could manage to get an interview with Apia Youth. This database is kind of infuriating for me at this point.
According to the list (excluding Armenia), Samoa is my fifth country to manage in.
In this league, all the clubs operate on an amateur level. Apparently, there’s a real lack of publicity of this league. It was very difficult to find a cover picture for this post and the Soccerway entry for this league was 7 years old!
The league was already over by the time I got here, they managed to improve on their 12th place finish in 2021 with an 8th one this season. Somehow they finished 2nd in the 2020 Season!
Samoa Cup 2022
My sole focus was now on the Samoa Cup. Let’s see what the board’s expectations of it…
Lofty ambitions. Well, we’ll have to do extremely well to get to the final. But, it seems that cup miracles do exist, at least for now.
When I came in, the team had lost the first match 2-0, we went on an unbeaten streak for the rest of the games. With a bit of luck, we managed to qualify as the second-placed team of the group!
Vaitoloa SC, Lupe and Moaula United had also qualified for the semi-finals.
We were then up against Vaitoloa in the semi-final. I thought it would be pretty close since they only finished one place below us in the league.
Oh how wrong I was.
We had drawn first blood but then they somehow managed to turn it into a rout for themselves. Very disappointed but again, it was a miracle that we even managed to reach here in the first place.Hopefully, the board did not make a meal of my “failure” to reach the final.
The club had an extremely large squad; with the under-20s, we had over 40 players on the books!
Here are the best players according to my assistant manager…
Extremely slow acceleration but definitely a decent defensive midfielder
Poor workrate for a winger but his pace and acceleration is decent, together with his crossing.
Not one to overlap, but he’s a quick one for sure.
In the next post, I will talk about the extremely long preseason and our performance in next year’s league and FA cup!
The database I used for this save is the FM17 Megapack 189 Updates by claassen . It does have more nations to choose from than the version that I have for this save.
Also, check out the TheManagersCorner on Reddit! It’s where aspiring FM content creators, like me, “dump” their stuff; from blog posts to YouTube videos.