- Tahiti goalkeeper speaks with FIFA.com after final loss at Bahamas 2017
- Torohia finished with the most saves in the Bahamas (71)
- He says: "Brazil deserve the World Cup"
Reaching a World Cup final two times in a row is no easy feat. That is what Tahiti, an island nation with a population of just under 180,000, have remarkably done.
Of course they would love to be returning west with the trophy in hand and crowned the first FIFA champions from Oceania, but once the initial disappointment evaporates, they will be holding their heads high with pride.
Tahiti goalkeeper Jonathan Torohia will be one of those players. He spoke with FIFA.com moments after their 6-0 defeat by Brazil in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 Final about their pride in finishing runners-up two tournaments in a row.
"Brazil played really well today," said Torohia. "They were a step above us for sure. For us, we didn't start well, so at the start of the match we weren't confident. It was really hard. Brazil deserve the World Cup."
"It's difficult. Two times we have lost the final of a World Cup. But today there are no regrets from us. Brazil was too strong. Even if we made some mistakes. In one year they played so many matches and never lost. We are happy. Brazil stopped us and they were the only team who beat us."
"I think a lot of teams would like to be in our place," said Torohia. "Today it's still us. For our small island in the pacific, we appreciate that. We made it a second time and that's thanks to God.