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AOFC (Asian Oceanian Football Confederation): ten reasons why Oceania should say yes

The Asian Oceanian Football Confederation. The solution to long-standing troubles such as isolation, backwardness and scarce international competitiveness which continuously involve the OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) could be found there, in the neighboring Asiatic counterpart. Without any doubt integrating Oceanian countries in a fast-growing scenario like Asia would represent a decisive, historic turn for the football played on the Pacific islands, which have had few chances to attract interest outside their relatively small continent so far.

Obviously it’s just an idea and nothing like this is on the table right now, but let’s analyze together which could be the ten biggest benefits which would derive from the birth of the AOFC.

1.International competitiveness

If you’ve ever heard someone talking about Oceania, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga on sports matters, they were probably related to the continent’s dominant sporting activity, rugby, in which all of them excel brilliantly on the global stage. Apart from New Zealand, where a footballing culture is growing up after the All Whites‘ heroics at the last World Cup in South Africa, barely you can associate the names of these countries to football, as many Oceania’s nations would find it hard even to compete against clubs from the Italian sixth tier.

2.The clubs

The same can be said about clubs. It doesn’t make so much sense playing continually against the same opponents, especially considering their low technical level.

At international level, OFC club teams can prove themselves only at the Club World Cup, where they often have to face off some of the strongest Asian teams in an uneven and difficult play-off.

It’s by far more useful that these teams play with a certain regularity at improved standards, and not just once a year. And getting the chance to play clubs like Kelantan, Nagoya, Arema or Seongnam, despite they’re not Barcelona or Manchester United, would already be an enormous step forward to the right direction.

3.Technical development

Oceanian football would heavily improve in many different aspects, from the growth of young players to a more professional management of societies. A technical development which groups any side of football both on and off the pitch must be considered the turning point around which all the the others would subsequently rotate.

4.The economical aspect

As football is considerably expanding as a worldwide multi-million market, the economical aspect is a hugely relevant part of the game. The Oceania Football Confederation actually lives of funds coming from sponsors and partnerships with other federations (the FA of England, the Australian FFA), and recently some drawbacks from Oceania’s football governing body showed how much they need to find a solid business stability in order of avoiding to affect the game in the continent. For example, OFC general secretary Tai Nicholas in September revealed that OFC couldn’t provide the broadcast of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers across the continent as it would have meant a cost of USD 140,000 for OFC TV, the confederation’s production unit, despite tv broadcasters from Tahiti and New Caledonia had already bought the rights. “We have to operate financially and be prudent with our funds and OFC TV was facing a USD 140,000 loss in the live production. This does not make good business sense and it would have been irresponsible of us to proceed any further,” he declared. “We apologize for the situation but there are high costs involved and great difficulties logistically in the production of such matches with games played across four countries within a few days of each other.”

Surely in Asia it would be extremely unlikely to face another situation like this, especially for matches such as the World Cup qualifiers.

And inevitably, the local federations of the Pacific nations can’t afford the costs of the organization of friendly matches at the current state of things.

All of us know how necessary is money in sports today, and for an upgrade of football in Oceania is indispensable a parallel economic improvement.

5.The passion of fans

In some Oceanian countries, like the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, football is considered the national sport, it’s widely played and gets thousands of followers. Local fans deserve to see their dreams come true one day, like watching their national team winning a once-in-a-lifetime match. And if you question the real existence of the passion for the game, just think that more than 10,000 fans watched the 2011 South Pacific Games final in New Caledonia, or that over 22,000 people came out to witness the Solomon Islands securing a 2-0 win against Tahiti in their first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification games.

6.The chance of playing regularly

Factors like excessive costs and a lack of interest from international mass media contribute to positioning football at the lowest levels of the continental sports hierarchy. So we don’t have to be surprised if we discover that most of Oceanian countries play some international games just once every four years, during the South Pacific Games or the WC qualifiers, when these two tournaments don’t coincide, reducing even more the number of games that every country plays. And without any game time, improving is a titanic task-

7.A greater visibility

Let’s imagine that Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, two bordering countries, organize a friendly match. The Guineans, apart from playing a kind of derby with their Asiatic neighbours, would receive attention from an entire footballing nation like Indonesia, which counts more than 200 millions people. It would be a completely different new situation, as their opponents usually don’t number even 100,000 people among them (American Samoa, Tuvalu and so on).

And also national talents would take advantage of the visibility that Asian football guarantees, for not getting snobbed just reading their provenance on their identity cards. Because unfortunately it’s so difficult to find a player good enough for professional football on the Pacific islands that we shouldn’t be shocked to see things like these happening.

8.New Zealand: the British style in Asia

Not only the OFC would take advantage from an association with its Asian counterpart but also the AFC could improve a lot with a theoretical entrance of New Zealand, whose football’s impressively improved in recent years. Not only the All Whites shocked the world with their unbeaten run at the last World Cup, but also the youth national teams have shown glimpses of class, demonstrated by prowesses of high-promising talents with the likes of Leicester City’s Chris Wood, who has scored 13 goals so far in the Championship, and the labelled ‘KiwiMessi’ Marco Rojas, who is literally ripping up his opponents in the A-League.

A team who is based on a typical Britannic physicity with a huge amount of quality emerging: a more than interesting calling card for New Zealand.

9.The ‘Oriundos’: future heroes?

Some points above I had written that it’s very difficult to find some footballers suitable for professional football in the Pacific zone. Yet it’s difficult but not impossible, as there are Benjamin Totori from the Solomon Islands, who plays as a super-sub for the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League, Georges Gope-Fenepej of Troyes and Lorient’s Wesley Lautoa, both from New Caledonia, who ply their trade in the French Ligue 1, and the list could go on. But this list could even be much more longer if we consider all the players native of these Oceanian countries who could potentially represent their originary nation: just think of Marama Vahirua, a former France U-21 international who recently declared he’d like to represent Tahiti at the next Confederations Cup, Central Coast Mariners left-back Brad McDonald, who was born in Papua New Guinea, or Western Sydney Wanderers’ Tahj Minniecon, whose blood is mixed up with Vanuatuan heritage. There are many others unfortunately unavailable now, like Reading centre-back Adrian Mariappa, who could have played for Fiji instead of Jamaica, or Nouméa-born Frédéric Piquionne, who could have boosted Les Cagous’ team for the World Cup qualifiers hadn’t he chosen Martinique and France over them, or, referring to the past, 1998 World Cup winner Christian Karembeu, born in Lifou, New Caledonia, and the greatest Oceanian player of all time.

It’s easily understandable that most of these players chose to play for stronger national teams instead of their little-known native countries, but things would change had the Pacific islands the chance of fighting for relevant targets in the footballing panorama.

Why on Earth should Brad McDonald or Tahj Minniecon decide to play for teams who only get a handful of matches every four years instead of living with the potential hope of playing a World Cup with Australia (despite it seems unlikely for them)?

10.The history

The birth of the AOFC would mark the start of a new era for football in Oceania. And for these small countries every chance of playing would be historic, a pleasurable novelty, which would then become a habit. Unfortunately the ideas of just few people to make a whole continent dream will never be enough, a turn like this needs that the first steps come from the OFC’s headquarters. The only thing we can do is waiting for some good news, and maybe continuing to spread and create new ideas. Let’s hope one day we’ll wake up seeing this dream come true.

 

EXCLUSIVE – From the Netherlands with love: Tuvaluan heroes Alopua Petoa and Vaisua Liva speak on their unbelievable European experience

By Christian Rizzitelli

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October 5, 2012 was one of the days that Tuvaluan people would have never thought to live. A country with just 10,544 dwellers (according to the last census in July 2011), and extremely isolated from the rest of the world, has little chance of getting noticed in a continent like Europe, especially if we’re talking about football, many of you would think. However that day, this apparently unrealizable thing occurred for real. Two little known boys from the tiny island, Alopua Petoa and Vaisua Liva, managed to fly to the Netherlands for a three-month internship with VV Brabantia, a Dutch club currently playing in the country’s sitxh division, thanks to the superhuman work from the Dutch support Tuvalu, an ambitious foundation whose target is to make Tuvalu a member of the FIFA in a few years.

We asked Frank Westerink, a member of the association’s team, our questions, to discover how things have gone so far for the boys, who couldn’t have answered themselves as their English is still improving.

Describe how things have gone so far  for Alopua and Vaisua in the Netherlands.

Both Alopua and Vaisua are very happy so far. They really gained a lot of new experience. They saw sheep for the first time! It’s getting colder and colder in Eindhoven [where they’re currently living] so they both have to get used to that. They even had white smoke coming out of their mouths without smoking! Football also is going good. Alopua and Vaisua are both getting better and better and are really part of VV Brabantia B, they even had the chanse to play with the first team and they made a lot of new friends at the club.

How have they settled down in the Netherlands? Was it easy to adapt to a completely different environment from Tuvalu?

Alopua and Vaisua have adapted to their new enviroment quickly. They gained a lot of new experience but were well looked after by people from the Foundation Dutch support Tuvalu and their football club VV Brabantia. With their personal guides they have all the possibilities to enjoy Eindhoven as much as possible.

What do they miss of their country?

Alopua and Vaisua do miss Tuvaluan fish! In Tuvalu everybody eats fish every day, in Eindhoven they eat a lot of other things. They miss the nice weather as well. It’s too cold in Eindhoven in autumm and winter, and of course Alopua is missing his girlfriend in Tuvalu.

What Tuvaluan people thought when they left for this new extraordinary experience?

In Tuvalu people were very proud and concerned. Proud because they would be the first men to go to the Netherlands to play football, for both of them it’s a huge experience. People were so happy and are hoping many more will follow. The football association, the government and the people of Tuvalu are following almost every step the boys are making.

But also they were concerned as well for the safety of the boys. The football club and the Foundation DsT were able to gain the trust of the people of Tuvalu and then they could eventually come to the Netherlands. 

Which is the thing they appreciate most of football in the Netherlands?

The high level and the high speed. In Tuvalu football is at a good level but is played with a slow speed, mostly because of the bad condition of the football field. The field and the accomodation are of a high level as well at VV Brabantia, it’s almost perfect. Their coaches and team mates give them many advice as well, they do appreciate that a lot. Everybody is trying to make them better players.

Which has been their greatest moment since arriving at Brabantia

There have been many great moments. They played against FC Eindhoven, a professional Dutch club of the Eerste Divisie, they have been skiing and went to a match of PSV. The stadium was full with 40,000 people, while Tuvalu only has about 12,000 habitants [they saw more people in just a stadium than in their whole country!]. Of course they have been visiting some bars in Eindhoven as well with their teammates and they spent with them great evenings.

Did they meet some Dutch people who had already heard of Tuvalu? If yes, what do they think about the country?

There are really just a few people in the Netherlands who know about Tuvalu. Everybody of VV Brabantia knows a little bit about Tuvalu but most of them became interested when they knew Alopua and Vaisua were coming to Eindhoven. People at the gym of Vaisua and Alopua knew a little bit as well. Most people do know that Foppe de Haan was head coach of Tuvalu last year for a few weeks. In general this has been hugely new in the Netherlands. 

Which is the biggest difference between them and the Dutch players they’ve been playing with?

Of course the biggest difference is the language! The thing that is most in common is the passion for football. Vaisua and Alopua are playing in a team of their own level. They get challenged by some players that are better, of course, but there is not much difference between Dutch players and them. There is one big difference for the clubs: in the Netherlands football clubs have many teams, for youth, women and men, while in Tuvalu most clubs only have two or three teams. 

What Tuvalu football should do to improve their game?

Right now the most important thing is a new football field. The Tuvalu stadium has a terrible field, if it has rained a lot the pitch can’t be played at all. The field at VV Brabantia is made of artificial turf and is great to play at. It gives the players the change to play the best possible and it makes the game faster.

Besides that it’s important that the youth of Tuvalu are going to play football, both at school and at clubs. The real skills get developed during the youth and many Tuvalu players haven’t played enough football during while being young.

What needs to be done to spread a football culture in Oceania in their opinion?

There is already a football culture in Oceania but for the smaller countries it’s difficult to set up football as one of their most important sports. For countries like Australia and New Zealand is far easier. However the recent results of  Tahiti are fantastic for Oceania, they will play at the Confederations Cup, an amazing result for them and the continent. For the smaller Pacific islands these results are important, as there is a big competitions with other sports like Rugby. However with time the best sport will get the most attention.

What do they do in their spare time in the Netherlands?

Alopua and Vaisua are very often in the gym. They are trying to gain more and more muscles! They do play a lot of football games at the Play-Station as well and they even went skiing, for both it was the first time. They felt like robots with the ski boots on!

If you had the chance, would they come back to Tuvalu of would they stay in Europe? Why?

Both of them would go back to Tuvalu. They would like to visit Europe again but Tuvalu is their home and that’s important in their country and culture. The families of both the boys live there and the girlfriend of Alopua also lives in Tuvalu. Both of them have an important role now as they’re promoting football on the islands.

Check Alopua and Vaisua’s progress and their amazing adventure in this mini TV series, from the Tuvalu National Football Association’s official YouTube channel! http://www.youtube.com/user/footballtuvalu

AOFC: dieci motivi per dire sì

Asian Oceanian Football Confederation. La soluzione ai problemi di isolamento, arretrazza e scarsa competitività internazionale che coinvolgono il calcio dell’OFC potrebbe trovarsi qui, nella vicina confederazione asiatica. Sì, perchè integrare i paesi oceanici all’interno di un panorama in forte sviluppo calcistico come quello asiatico rappresenterebbe davvero una svolta decisiva per questo sport per le piccole nazioni del pacifico.
Si tratta, chiaramente, solo di un’idea, di concreto non c’è nulla, anche se la Nuova Zelanda ha provato a muovere qualcosa chiedendo alla FIFA di disputare l’ultimo turno di qualificazioni mondiali tra i gironi asiatici, ma Blatter s’è rifiutato categoricamente, facendo scontenti un po’ tutti.
Ma andiamo ad analizzare insieme i dieci benefici principali che deriverebbero dalla nascita dell’AOFC.

1. Competitività internazionale

Quando sentiamo parlare di Oceania, di Nuova Zelanda, di Fiji, di Tonga e via dicendo, spesso sentiamo associato a questi paesi il rugby, sport in cui eccellono. Del calcio invece non si parla mai, visto che il livello è talmente scarso e modesto che la grande maggioranza di queste nazioni farebbe fatica a competere nella nostra Eccellenza.
Confrontarsi continuamente contro squadre di un livello superiore in un contesto come quello asiatico non farebbe altro che accrescere l’esperienza e la familiarità di queste nazioni col gioco del calcio; e ne trarrebbe beneficio soprattutto la loro competitività a livello internazionale.

2. I Club

Vale lo stesso discorso per i club: continuare a confrontarsi ripetutamente contro gli stessi avversari (per di più di un livello così basso) non ha senso.
Nel panorama mondiale, le squadre di club dell’OFC vengono chiamate in causa solamente in occasione del Mondiale per Club, e possono accedervi solo passando (un impari e difficile) play-off.
E’ molto più utile che gli stessi club giochino con regolarità a certi livelli, non solo una volta all’anno. Certo, Seongnam e Nagoya non saranno il Barcellona e il Manchester United, ma si tratta comunque di un enorme passo avanti rispetto allo status quo attuale.

3. Sviluppo tecnico

A livello di calciatori giovani, adulti, esperienza, arbitri, gestioni societarie:
il calcio oceanico migliorerebbe sensibilmente sotto ogni punto di vista.
Possiamo considerare questo il punto cardine attorno a cui ruotano tutti gli altri benefici.
Bisogna partire quasi da zero, ma le intenzioni e l’approccio positivo sono certamente un punto a favore, perchè la voglia per progredire non manca di certo.

4. L’aspetto economico

Aspetto di assoluta importanza.
L’OFC vive di fondi provenienti dalla FIFA e dalla FFA, la federazione di calcio australiana, membro dell’AFC dal 2006; possiede un capitale così ridotto da non poter contribuire ad organizzare amichevoli o tornei internazionali tra le nazioni membre a causa dei costi eccessivi dei voli aerei.
Una cosa che può anche far sorridere, pensando a quanti soldi girano nel calcio in quasi tutto il resto del mondo.
L’AFC invece dispone di risorse sterminate, tra emiri e miliardari vari.
Purtroppo tutti noi sappiamo quanto siano necessari i soldi in questo sport, e senza di essi la maggior parte delle volte (se non sempre) non si va da nessuna parte.

5. La passione dei tifosi

In paesi come Papua Nuova Guinea, Isole Salomone e Vanuatu il calcio è considerato lo sport nazionale, ed è molto praticato e seguito.
E’ giusto che i desideri dei tifosi vengano accontentati: meritano anche loro di poter vivere una serata di una certa importanza, magari in una partita di qualificazione ad un mondiale. Basti pensare che oltre 10,000 persone hanno assistito alla finale dei Giochi del Pacifico di questo settembre…

6. Giocare regolarmente

Fattori come i costi eccessivi e lo scarso interesse mediatico internazionale contribuiscono a posizionare il calcio a livelli infimi nella scala gerarchica del continente.
Così, non c’è da stupirsi se leggiamo che la maggior parte delle squadre affiliate all’OFC giochi solo una volta ogni quattro anni, in occasione dei Giochi del Pacifico e delle qualificazioni mondiali, quando questi due tornei non coincidono, riducendo ancora il numero delle partite, come capitato diverse volte.
Se non si gioca mai, migliorarsi diventa un’impresa.

7. Visibilità

Ipotizziamo che si organizzi un’amichevole tra Papua Nuova Guinea e Indonesia, nazioni confinanti tra loro.
I guineani, oltre a giocarsi una sorta di derby contro i vicini indonesiani, avrebbero addosso gli occhi di una nazione intera, composta da oltre 200 milioni di persone, a maggior ragione se legatissima al calcio come l’Indonesia. Roba di un’altro mondo, se pensiamo che gli avversari di turno sono paesi come il Tuvalu o le Samoa Americane, che messi insieme non arrivano a 90,000 abitanti.
E anche i talenti locali gioverebbero della visibilità che l’AFC garantisce, evitando di venire snobbati leggendo il loro paese di provenienza sulla carta d’identità. Perchè purtroppo è così raro trovare un calciatore adatto a livelli professionistici in Oceania che accadono anche cose di questo tipo.

8. Nuova Zelanda: lo stile british in Asia

Anche l’AFC trarrebbe vantaggio da questa fusione tra le due confederazioni, perchè vedrebbe nella propria schiera di membri una nazione che calcisticamente si sta evolvendo in maniera impressionante: stiamo parlando della Nuova Zelanda.
Non solo i kiwis negli ultimi mondiali in Sudafrica hanno dimostrato di saperci fare fisicamente e tatticamente, ma soprattutto a livello giovanile stanno crescendo esponenzialmente in capacità tecniche, come visto dall’under 17 nella spedizione messicana e da promesse come Rojas, Barbarouses, Wood, Payne.
Una squadra che basa le proprie fondamenta sulla fisicità tipica dei britannici con annessa qualità emergente: un biglietto da visita più che interessante.

9. Gli oriundi: futuri eroi?

Poco sopra ho scritto che è quasi impossibile trovare calciatori adatti al professionismo nei paesi oceanici.
Quasi, appunto, perchè alcuni ci sono, ed anche interessanti, come Brad McDonald (terzino sinistro nell’u23 australiana originario della Papua Nuova Guinea), Tahj Minniecon (trequartista mezzo samoano che gioca nell’A-League), Adrian Mariappa (capitano del Watford, originario delle Fiji) ed altri ancora. Altri invece, hanno preferito optare per altri nazionali, come Karembeu (neocaledoniano campione del mondo con la Francia nel ’98), Tim Cahill (mezzo samoano anche lui, gioca con l’Australia).
Ma la maggior parte di questi oriundi preferisce, logicamente, giocare per nazioni che hanno possibilità di qualificarsi alla coppa del mondo, o comunque paesi che possono vantare una certa importanza e rilevanza nel panorama calcistico.
Se i paesi membri dell’OFC avessero l’opportunità di giocare regolarmente e contro squadre di un certo prestigio, lottando per obiettivi concreti, ci sarebbero più calciatori disposti a giocare per loro.
Chi glielo fa fare a Minniecon di giocare per le Samoa una manciata di partite ogni quattro anni invece che giocare in un mondiale con l’Australia?

10. Per la storia

L’AOFC sarebbe l’inizio di una nuova era per il calcio in Oceania.
E per questi paesi ogni occasione per giocare sarebbe storica, una piacevole novità, che diventerebbe abitudine.
Purtroppo non bastano le idee di poche persone per far sognare un continente, una svolta del genere richiede che si muovano i piani alti.
Non ci resta far altro che aspettare. Sperando di poterci risvegliare un giorno ed esclamare: non è più sogno, ma è realtà.

A cura di Christian Rizzitelli

Giochi del Pacifico 2011, il resoconto sulla competizione internazionale più stravagante in assoluto

Dal 27 agosto al 9 settembre si è giocato il torneo calcistico più sentito dalle isole oceaniche, che eccezion fatta per le qualificazioni mondiali, il calcio internazionale lo vedono davvero col binocolo: stiamo parlando dei Giochi del Pacifico, disputati in Nuova Caledonia, che per la seconda volta consecutiva, si è confermata vincitrice del torneo.
Rispetto all’edizione del 2007, ci sono state tre new entry: il Guam, unica squadra partecipante che non apparteneva alla confederazione oceanica, il Kiribati, che non giocava una partita di calcio addirittura dal 2003, e la Papua Nuova Guinea, squadra zeppa di calciatori che militano nelle serie minori australiane.
Assenti invece le Samoa e Tonga, che hanno (stranamente) deciso di mandare alla competizione solo la squadra femminile.
Sebbene le squadre siano composte più da impiegati, pescatori o quant’altro, una cosa che cade all’occhio della competizione è il livello degli allenatori, che è notevolmente migliorato rispetto alle scorse edizioni, con uomini con diversa esperienze in Europa o Asia, come il ct delle Tuvalu, Foppe de Haan, che ha allenato per 15 anni consecutivi l’Heerenveen, quello del Guam, Kazuo Uchida, ex allenatore tra le altre del Ventforet Kofu (squadra della massima divisione giapponese), o Frank Farina, ex allenatore della nazionale australiana fino al 2005 e ora alla guida della Papua Nuova Guinea, e altri ancora.
Tornando ai calciatori, è affascinante scoprire alcune curiosità piuttosto intriganti e simpatiche, ma del tutto comuni per paesi del genere, calcisticamente parlando. Per fare un paio di esempi, uno dei giocatori più rappresentativi delle Tuvalu, Okilani Tinilau, ha corso per il proprio paese alle olimpiadi di Pechino 2008 come centrometrista, mentre il portiere delle Samoa Americane, Nicky Salapu, ha scelto di ricoprire i pali della propria nazionale, perchè non c’era nessun altro che voleva farlo, sebbene sia molto più bravo a giocare a ping pong, molti dei calciatori del Kiribati non hanno nemmeno una squadra di calcio in cui giocare regolarmente: i Giochi del Pacifico sono meravigliosi anche per questo.
Come detto in precedenza, la vittoria è andata alla Nuova Caledonia, che dopo aver superato il girone (tutt’altro che impossibile) con Isole Salomone, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Guam e Samoa Americane, ha superato in semifinale, in una partita davvero avvincente Tahiti, col risultato di 3-1 ai supplementari, dopo aver ottenuto il pareggio solo al 90′ nei minuti regolamentari. Eroe della giornata Georges Gope Fenepej, attaccante 23enne autore di una doppietta e in totale di 7 reti in 5 partite nella manifestazione.
In finale invece, gli uomini di Christophe Coursimault hanno sconfitto le Isole Salomone (con cui avevano perso 2-1 nel girone) per 2-0, con reti ancora di Gope-Fenepej e Bako, di fronte ad oltre 10,000 spettatori nello stadio nazionale, il Numa-Daly di Magenta.
Delusione del torneo la Papua Nuova Guinea, che nonostante fosse infarcita di professionisti (cosa piuttosto rara per squadre così) non è nemmeno riuscita a superare la fase a gironi.
Tra le tante cenerentole, la peggiore del torneo è stata certamente il malcapitato Kiribati, capace di perdere due gare per 17-1, contro Papua Nuova Guinea e Tahiti. Ma del resto, sono risultati abbastanza comuni in queste parti del mondo (vedi il 31-0 dell’Australia contro le Samoa Americane nel 2001, risultato record a livello di gare ufficiali).
Ultima nota, un talento che si è messo in luce mostrando notevoli spunti per la sua età è stato l’attaccante del Vanuatu, Jean Kaltak, ragazzo del 1994 e autore di 9 reti in 5 incontri, già rivelatosi interessante ai campionati oceanici u20 di qualche mese fa in Nuova Zelanda.
E’ già stato acquistato dall’Hekari United (formazione che l’anno scorso ha disputato il Mondiale per Club), ma certamente ha il potenziale per mettersi in evidenza a livelli molto superiori.

Giochi del Pacifico 2011

Gruppo A:

Tuvalu – Samoa Americane 4-0
Isole Salmone – Guam 7-0
Nuova Caledonia – Vanuatu 5-0

Vanuatu – Tuvalu 5-1
Samoa Americane – Isole Salomone 0-4
Guam – Nuova Caledonia 0-9

Samoa Americane – Guam 0-2
Tuvalu – Nuova Caledonia 0-8
Vanuatu – Isole Salomone 1-0

Guam – Vanuatu 1-4
Isole Salomone – Tuvalu 6-1
Nuova Caledonia – Samoa Americane 8-0

Guam – Tuvalu 1-1
Samoa Americane – Vanuatu 0-8
Isole Salomone – Nuova Caledonia 2-1

Classifica:

Nuova Caledonia 12
Isole Salomone 12
Vanuatu 12
Tuvalu 4
Guam 4
Samoa Americane 0

Gruppo B:

Papua Nuova Guinea – Isole Cook 4-0
Fiji – Tahiti 3-0

Fiji – Kiribati 9-0
Tahiti – Isole Cook 7-0

Isole Cook – Kiribati 3-0
Tahiti – Papua Nuova Guinea 1-1

Kiribati – Papua Nuova Guinea 1-17
Isole Cook – Fiji 1-4

Kiribati – Tahiti 1-17
Papua Nuova Guinea – Fiji 0-2

Classifica:

Fiji 12
Tahiti 7
Papua Nuova Guinea 7
Isole Cook 3
Kiribati 0

Semifinali:

Nuova Caledonia – Tahiti 3-1 d.t.s.
Fiji – Isole Salomone 1-2 d.t.s.

Finale 3-4o posto:

Tahiti – Fiji 2-1

Finale 1-2o posto:

Nuova Caledonia – Isole Salomone 2-0

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