Solomon Islander forward Micah Lea’alafa played 38 minutes in Maritzburg United 2-2 draw against SuperSport United.
Lea’alafa was named for Maritzburg’s starting eleven for the second straight match but he was subbed off in the first half. Bandile Shandu replaced him. It is not clear if he was replaced due to injury or technical reasons.
New Zealander Jeremy Brockie also played. He joined the pitch in the second half to replace Bongokuhle Hlongwane.
Maritzburg is currently in the 8th position with 22 points in sixteen matches in 2019-20 ABSA Premiership, the top tier of South African football.
Jeffery, Dona and Firiam already played for Malampa Revivors in 2019 OFC Champions League so they are probably going to play for Revivors again. Another player that has been linked to Revivors was central defender Jason Thomas. Oceania Football Center keep investigating these rumours in order to bring more accurate information.
The 2020 AFC U-23 Championship is the 4th edition of the AFC U-23 Championship. Sixteen teams will fight for the continental title between 8–26 January in Thailand.
The opening match was contested between Iraq and Australia. Wellington Phoenix winger Reno Piscopo opened the scoreboard for Australia in the 62nd minute but it was not enough for Olyroos as the match finished drawn at one. Check the highlights in the video below:
Piscopo played 64 minutes before being replaced by Zach Duncan. Australia’s next match will take place on Saturday night against Thailand.
Fiji FA management are still looking for a new head coach for Fiji National Football Team as 2020 OFC Nations Cup gets even closer. This position is vacant since Christophe Gamel left the charge in August 2019.
Many coaches from all over the world have applied for the job and there are some rumours that former Papua New Guinea National Football Team head coach Flemming Serritslev is one of the favourite candidates to be named as Fiji National Team commander.
Serritslev coached Kapuls from 2015 to 2017, leading them to reach 2016 OFC Nations Cup final. According to PNG international Raymond Gunemba, Serritslev was the key figure of Papua New Guinea’s success in the last OFC Nations Cup.
The 72 years old Danish manager coached Kapuls for 12 matches.
The holiday season is over and it is time for football players to come back into training and it is not different for Ni-Vanuatu Brian Kaltak. The 26 years old central back is preparing himself for the second half of the football season in New Zealand.
Seve has some ambitious plans for the future – “In the long run, I would like to see better results from our national teams, as well as results in the growth and development of young Samoan football players which can be measured by the success of our national teams and in securing contracts to play in Australia, New Zeland and even Europe.” he stated.
Two of the brightest youngsters in Oceania, Raphael Le’ai and Leon Kofana are ready to play OFC Champions League for the first time ever. According to Henderson Eels head coach, Eddie Marahare, the Solomon Islanders rising stars will play 2020 OFC Champions League for Henderson Eels.
OFC Champions League Group Stage is scheduled to be played between February and March. Le’ai and Kofana are expected to come back to New Zealand to attend Scots College soon.
They arrived at Henderson Eels in November and they have been key players since then. Kofana is part of the defensive heart of the team while Le’ai scored 13 goals in six matches in 2019-20 Telekom S-League so far.
After a long delay, New Zealand Football released the ISPS Handa Premiership Team of the Week 8 with great news for Papua New Guinea once there are two players from PNG in the list: Aaron Spain and Tommy Semmy.
Both players had outstanding performances in the last matchweek of 2019. Semmy was a key player for Hamilton Wanderers in the 2-1 win against Hawke’s Bay United while Aaron Spain had a solid match in Team Wellington’s 1-1 draw against Waitakere United.
After a bad beginning, Tommy Semmy is getting better and better to help his team to fight for points and climb the ladder as Hamilton Wanderers stand in the 10th and last position in the table. Aaron Spain is playing an important role in second placed Team Wellington’s defense.
That is the first time that Semmy was named for the Team of the Week in 2019-20 season while Spain was named for the second time. You can check all “Team of the Week” awards by clicking here.
Once upon a time in a far far away island in the Pacific Ocean a kingdom was raised… A kingdom that can be unforgettable in the history of this island. The Polovili’s reign is not an old kingdom but their subjects can expect some good things from them and it is not food or money, but pride.
Timote Moleni – The King – is a former National Team player and head coach. He is the current Veitongo’s head coach. This king already made some important things and the last one was pretty amazing as he led Veitongo to win 2019 Tongan Major League and qualify for 2020 OFC Champions League preliminary round with 21 wins in 21 matches.
As a king, Timote has some heirs in the succession line: Prince Hemaloto and Princess Ana, two beautiful and young siblings that are ready to shine and take the name of Polovili’s Kingdom to the whole world.
Like a good prince and a good princess, they already wear the number of the kings – the number 10. Prince Hemaloto is the most important player nowadays and he deservedly wears the Tonga’s number 10 as he did in 2019 Pacific Games held in Samoa. Princess Ana is very young but she is already shining as she wore Tonga’s number 10 in 2019 OFC U19 Women’s Championship.
The brightness comes from inside and they do it – They ruled their country in 2019 by scoring lots of goals. Hemaloto was the top scorer of Men’s league while his sister Ana finished the season as Women’s league top scorer.
They are both young – Hemaloto is 22 and Ana is 17 – and the subjects can expect good things from them. It is obvious that one player will not change the reality alone to take Tonga to a FIFA World Cup, but Tongan people will be very proud of them soon.