OFFICIAL: Raphael Lea’i signs professional contract in Europe

It is now official, Raphael Lea’i is now a professional player! The Solomon Islands attacker has signed a deal with FK Velež Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina first-tier division, making him the first senior player ever from Solomon Islands to sign a contract in European football. “Football club Velež Mostar informs all its members, fansContinue reading “OFFICIAL: Raphael Lea’i signs professional contract in Europe”

Raphael Lea’i set to sign his first professional contract

Raphael Lea’i is one of the greatest talents Oceania football has ever produced, his meteoric rise came in the 2018 OFC U-16 championship when he scored a hattrick against New Zealand. He then went to the Wellington Phoenix Academy before returning to his homeland to play for the Henderson Eels. In the FIFA World CupContinue reading “Raphael Lea’i set to sign his first professional contract”

Europe: Raphael Lea’i displays superb performance and scores in his first friendly match

19-year-old star player from Solomon Islands Raphael Lea’i played his first friendly match this week in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The striker is currently under trials with the FK Velež Mostar, one of the most important clubs of Bosnian football. This Tuesday (24th Jan) Velež Mostar played the Croatian side NK Neretvanac Opuzen, a teamContinue reading “Europe: Raphael Lea’i displays superb performance and scores in his first friendly match”

Raphael Lea’i close to deal in Europe

The starlet Raphael Lea’i is currently in Europe pursuing his dream to turn into a professional footballer – as reported by Oceania Football Center during the week. It was known the player was set to have a trial in Turkey, as mentioned in interview to Henderson Eels’ chairman, but it was revelead by FK VeležContinue reading “Raphael Lea’i close to deal in Europe”

Dennis Ifunaoa focused on Solomon Warriors despite offers from overseas

One of the most celebrated players from Solomon Islands football, the attacking midfielder Dennis Ifunaoa, is eager to achieve sucess in the in the Telekom S-League 2022/23 with his team, Solomon Warriors – that is set to restart very soon. The now 31-year-old player stated his wishes for the upcoming games: “There are still eightContinue reading “Dennis Ifunaoa focused on Solomon Warriors despite offers from overseas”

Solomon Islands: Telekom S-League is back to action

The most important football league of the Solomon Islands will return to action this weekend – 21st and 22nd Jan – after a postponement in the previous week. The reason for the delay was a paperwork issue between the Solomon Islands Football Federation and the Honiara City Council, body that administrates the national stadium LawsonContinue reading “Solomon Islands: Telekom S-League is back to action”

Raphael Lea’i arrives in Europe; new details about his possible deal

Raphael Lea’i is having another very good chance – maybe the best of all he had – to sign professional deal – as recently explained by Oceania Football Center. The young striker from Solomon Islands already landed in Bosnia and Herzegovina and joined 1st-tier club FK Velež Mostar for a period of trainings – Lea’iContinue reading “Raphael Lea’i arrives in Europe; new details about his possible deal”

Solomon Islands’ international looks for football opportunities in the Middle East

A product of Royals Football Academy in Solomon Islands is currently based in the Middle East; the Solomon Islands’ international striker Ali Mekawir is currently playing in United Arab Emirates after a spell in Australia’s National Premier League side Adelaide City – where he played a total of nine games. The striker, who represented theContinue reading “Solomon Islands’ international looks for football opportunities in the Middle East”

Raphael Lea’i on trial with European professional club

Raphael Lea’i is on his way to Europe. It has been reported that the 19-year-old Solomon Islands’ rising star will spend two months training with FK Velež Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina before going on trial with top flight club in Turkey, Alanyaspor. If successful, he will sign his first professional contract. YouTube: Oceania FootballContinue reading “Raphael Lea’i on trial with European professional club”

FIFA World Cup: Oceania confirms direct qualifying spot for next editions

Argentina celebrated last Sunday (18th Dec) their third World Cup title; La Albiceleste captained by the magnificent Lionel Messi surpassed the powerful French national team to bring home another title after 36 years. One more time, the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup did not count on a representant of OFC. New Zealand –Continue reading “FIFA World Cup: Oceania confirms direct qualifying spot for next editions”