New Zealand beats Tahiti and advances to the WCQ Final

New Zealand and Tahiti played at the Grand Hamad Stadium in Doha to decide who would face the Solomon Islands in the final of the OFC World Cup qualifiers. New Zealand just missed the midfielder Marko Stamenic in their squad meaning the All Whites were virtually at full strength. Tahiti, meanwhile, had only one changeContinue reading “New Zealand beats Tahiti and advances to the WCQ Final”

Solomon Islands beat PNG to secure a place in the WCQ final

Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea clashed at the Al-Arabi Stadium in Doha, Qatar, for a place in the final of the World Cup qualifiers. In an eventful match, the Solomons secured the victory and advanced to meet New Zealand or Tahiti in the final. The first opportunity of the game came from Ati Kepo‘sContinue reading “Solomon Islands beat PNG to secure a place in the WCQ final”

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands vie for a place in the WCQ final

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have a recent history of meeting in tournament semifinals. In 2016, the teams met in the semifinals of the OFC Nations Cup. Papua New Guinea won 2-1 and advanced to the final of the tournament. The following year, they faced each other in Port Moresby worth a place inContinue reading “Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands vie for a place in the WCQ final”

New Zealand and Tahiti duel for a spot in the WCQ final

New Zealand and Tahiti meet again in a World Cup qualifying match for the first time in almost ten years. On that occasion, the All Whites beat the reigning continental champions 3-0. Alvin Tehau, Chris Wood, Teaonui Tehau and Tommy Smith are the only remnants of that game. The All Whites are on a highContinue reading “New Zealand and Tahiti duel for a spot in the WCQ final”

The OFC World Cup qualifiers’ semifinals are defined

The OFC World Cup qualifiers have reached their decisive stage. New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tahiti dream of a place in the intercontinental play-off against a team from CONCACAF – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football. New Zealand and Tahiti will face each other at senior level forContinue reading “The OFC World Cup qualifiers’ semifinals are defined”

Alex Greive on a high note as New Zealand thrash New Caledonia in WCQ

Already qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament, New Zealand fielded an alternate starting eleven to face New Caledonia last Friday at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium. Despite the low expectations for this game, the All Whites put on a show on the field in front of an inoperative opponent. Alex Greive had a fantastic performanceContinue reading “Alex Greive on a high note as New Zealand thrash New Caledonia in WCQ”

Papua New Guinea defeats Fiji and qualifies for WCQ semifinals

Fiji and Papua New Guinea met at Grand Hamad Stadium to duel for a place in the semifinals of the World Cup Qualifiers. The Kapuls needed only a draw, while the Bula Boys needed to win to advance. In the eighth minute a good play by Roy Krishna and Ashnil Raju left Sairusi Nalaubu inContinue reading “Papua New Guinea defeats Fiji and qualifies for WCQ semifinals”

Raphael Lea’i scores a hat-trick as Solomon Islands defeat Tahiti in WCQ

Solomon Islands and Tahiti clashed at Al-Arabi Stadium in Doha to decide which side would finish on top of Group A after the withdrawal of Vanuatu and the Cook Islands from the tournament. The team coached by Felipe Vega-Arango had only one change to its starting eleven compared to their previous game against the CookContinue reading “Raphael Lea’i scores a hat-trick as Solomon Islands defeat Tahiti in WCQ”

Solomon Islands and Tahiti to battle for first place at Group A of WCQ

After both Vanuatu and Cook Islands were forced out of the OFC World Cup Qualifiers due a COVID-19 outbreak in their squads, Solomon Islands and Tahiti – the remaining teams that composes the Group A of the qualyfing tournament – were awarded the spots directly to the semifinal stage. The 2-0 win of Solomon IslandsContinue reading “Solomon Islands and Tahiti to battle for first place at Group A of WCQ”

Sami and Cavuilagi to miss decisive match against Papua New Guinea

The Fiji Football Association announced very bad news for the fans of the Bula Boys; two players are set to miss the most important match so far for the Fijians. The Rewa’s Kishan Sami and Lautoka’s Sitiveni Cavuilagi will not be available for the head coach Flemming Serritslev against Papua New Guinea. Sami was aContinue reading “Sami and Cavuilagi to miss decisive match against Papua New Guinea”