Laveni Vaka: the greatest women’s football talent of the South Pacific

Tonga is a kingdom in the South Pacific made up of 177 islands of which only 36 are inhabited by just over 106,000 people. With rugby being the most traditional sport, football has always taken a back seat -making it difficulty of revealing great talent in the sport. The scenario has been changing a bitContinue reading “Laveni Vaka: the greatest women’s football talent of the South Pacific”

Alex Chin: “I want to play for Tonga to improve the level of the game”

Like other countries in Oceania, Tonga has a totally amateur football league, which makes it very difficult for players to get exposure to play abroad. Even so, Tonga has relatively large communities in Australia and New Zealand, making it possible to find players with ancestry, such as AJ Inia, the first Tongan to play professionalContinue reading “Alex Chin: “I want to play for Tonga to improve the level of the game””

Tonga’s AJ Inia signs new professional contract in Thailand

AJ Inia is one of the few Tongan players playing outside Oceania, and one of the greatest prospects Tonga has ever had at its disposal. Cases like Laveni Vaka and her sister Daviana playing college soccer in the United States are very rare; as it is for Inia. Since leaving Thailand’s Trang FC, Inia hasContinue reading “Tonga’s AJ Inia signs new professional contract in Thailand”

Samoa thrashes Tonga as Pharrell Trainor puts on a show in OFC U-17 Championship

Samoa had a very good first half against Tonga in the most recent match of the U-17 OFC Championship; enough to secure them a spot at the quarterfinals. The Samoans scored a total of four goals in the first 45 minutes – confirming their 6-0 win in the second half with more two goals. TheContinue reading “Samoa thrashes Tonga as Pharrell Trainor puts on a show in OFC U-17 Championship”

Laveni Vaka: Tongan talent in the United States

Tonga is a small country in Oceania with approximately 108,000 inhabitants. The most popular sport in the country is rugby; its national team took part in several Rugby World Cups already. Unfortunately, football is in a different situation: although it has developed in the recent years, it is still not one of the most famousContinue reading “Laveni Vaka: Tongan talent in the United States”

Tonga women’s national team loses again to Philippines in friendly match in Australia

The Tonga women’s national team is on a training camp tour in Australia in preparation for the OFC Women’s Nations Cup. During this period two friendly matches against the Philippines Women’s National Team took place. The first match was played on April 22nd with a painful 16-0 loss – the second match took place onContinue reading “Tonga women’s national team loses again to Philippines in friendly match in Australia”

Tonga returns to international football after Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha’apai disaster

On January 14th the Tongan people suffered a severe blow with the violent eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano causing a tsunami in the country and sending a cloud of ash and gas vapor into the air. As a result, the entire population had to be evacuated in a hurry, without power and communication.Continue reading “Tonga returns to international football after Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha’apai disaster”

Alex Chin: Tongan blood in Hong Kong

Alex Chin is a professional footballer who plays for South China, in the second tier of Hong Kong football league system. Despite being born in the Asian nation, the 22-year-old goalkeeper has the possibility to represent Tonga internationally, since his mother was born there. Chin began his career at Tai Po and played there untilContinue reading “Alex Chin: Tongan blood in Hong Kong”

43-0: Veitongo smash Isileli Kapeta in Tonga Challenge Cup

The 2020 Tonga Challenge Cup is coming to its end as the men’s tournament reached the knock-out stage. Sixteen teams, eight from each group, are going to fight for this title in Tonga. However, the most interesting fact took place in the final round of the group stage, when current national champions defeated Isileli KapetaContinue reading “43-0: Veitongo smash Isileli Kapeta in Tonga Challenge Cup”

Football season ready to kick-off in Tonga

After a long wait, football is finally back in Tonga as the Challenge Cup is set to kick-off on this Saturday at Lototonga Soccer Centre. The tournament will be contested in four different categories: Men’s, Women’s, U14 Men’s and U16 Women’s. In the Men’s Touranment, current league champions Veitongo will debut against Ha’amoko while traditionalContinue reading “Football season ready to kick-off in Tonga”