Nicky Salapu is one of the most known football players from an OFC member – not for such a good reason as he was American Samoa’s goalkeeper in the unremarkable match against Australia that ended 31-0 for the Socceroos. Later, the American Samoan turned into a hero for his country as he captained the national team in their first ever competitive victory against Tonga by 2-1 back in 2015 at the 2018 OFC World Cup Qualifiers.
Even so Nicky Salapu is a legend in his country, he is the record player for the national team (22 caps) – his last time with The Boys from the Territory was at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa when he captained the team the last time the American Samoa senior team was on the field. He is currently on the coaching staff of the American Samoa U-17 national team.
And this past Saturday – 14th Jan – he had the pleasure of watching his son Dylan Salapu make his debut for the American Samoa U-17 team in an 11-0 loss to New Zealand. The 14-year-old Salapu took the field in the No. 7 jersey and played 45 minutes, being substituted at halftime.
He is likely to take the field again in the next round against New Caledonia. The young Salapu can be a star as he father was for their country in the future and he is expected to play for American Samoa in more OFC tournament in the future.