|“Go Manu! Le Manu Samoa e, ia Manu le Fai o le Faiva.”
Congressman Faleomavaega today sends his regards and best wishes
to the Manu Samoa on their quest for the Epson Cup rugby championship.
On Saturday, July 15, 2000 the Manu Samoa will face the USA National
Team, the Eagles, in San Francisco, California on the final game that will
determine the winner of the Epson Cup for this year. A Manu Samoa
win will secure them the trophy while a loss will pass that honor to their
Pacific Islander brothers in Fiji. The game will start at 4:00 p.m.,
Pacific Time, and will be played at the Matthew J. Boxer Stadium in San
Francisco -- right in the center of the largest concentration of Samoans
in Northern California. Samoans from throughout California as well
as from Utah and the state of Washington are expected to turn up in large
“This will be one great game for the Manu Samoa to win for itself
and for all the Samoans that will be attending and fans around the world.
I wish the Manu Samoa the best of luck,” Faleomavaega said.
According to High Chief Tuisamoa Fa’aaofia Malepeai, Supervisor
Amos Brown of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will attend to officially
welcome the Manu Samoa to the city on behalf of the Mayor and City of San
Francisco. Chief Tuisamoa who is coordinating the overall publicity
and reception for the Manu Samoa visit is greatly assisted by Manufou Liaiga
Anoa’i, Sam Ripley, and Chief Taliaoa (Euini) Erwin.
“I want to acknowledge the tremendous effort by Chief Tuisamoa and
members of the Samoan community in the San Francisco bay area in promoting
the game to our people and for organizing what I believe will be a major
victory party. This effort was made possible by the support of and
in working closely with Afioga Tuiloma Slade, the Ambassador of Samoa to
the United States and to the United Nations,” Faleomavaega said.
Following the game, the Samoan community will host a reception for
the Manu Samoa at the Park Plaza hotel near the San Francisco Airport.
Several local Samoan bands will be performing including special appearances
by Miriama Samuelu and Siaosi Peniamina of the Anivas, and Malaesaili Saga
who will be joining from the Los Angeles area.