Preview: OFC World Cup Qualifiers – Round 1

Today – 17th March – begins the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers for OFC. In the race we have eight teams battling for a place in the intercontinental playoff. Unlike in other editions, this time the qualifiers will be held in Doha, Qatar in a tournament format, identical to the OFC Nations Cup – theContinue reading “Preview: OFC World Cup Qualifiers – Round 1”

Solomon Islands finishes tour in Australia heading to World Cup qualifiers

The Solomon Islands finished their tour in Queensland, Australia – 9th March – in preparation for the World Cup qualifiers. The team coached by Felipe Vega-Arango collected two wins and one loss. In the first match the Bonitos faced the under-23 team of Brisbane Roar, since the friendly match against the Brisbane Roar’s main teamContinue reading “Solomon Islands finishes tour in Australia heading to World Cup qualifiers”

Solomon Islands to play three friendly matches in Australia

The Solomon Islands will play three friendly matches in Queensland, Australia before leaving for Qatar to play World Cup qualifiers. The national team had been training since November, and in the last few weeks the Spanish coach Felipe Vega-Arango decided who would be the players representing the Solomon Islands in the race for a placeContinue reading “Solomon Islands to play three friendly matches in Australia”

Marlon Nonone: Nasinu is back stronger

Solomon Islands’ Marlon Nonone was instrumental for Nasinu very much needed win over Suva; the attacker scored a brace in the match – two important goals in the second half that sealed the win for the Giant Killers in a surprising win over the favourites Suva. Just after the match, Oceania Football Center talked toContinue reading “Marlon Nonone: Nasinu is back stronger”

Alden Suri follows his young countrymen’s steps in New Zealand

Alden Suri is living a dream. The 15-year-old forward took part of Solomon Islands National Team in the U17 FIFA World Cup last year and now he is in New Zealand studying at Scots College, a college that is linked to Wellington Phoenix Academy. SEE MORE:Batram to Alden: the Suri football family Suri is followingContinue reading “Alden Suri follows his young countrymen’s steps in New Zealand”

Analysis: Double PNG OFC elimination demonstrates need for stable NSL

Both representatives of Papua New Guinea, Lae City and Hekari United, were eliminated at the Group Stage of the 2020 OFC Champions League after a win, a draw and a defeat wasn’t enough for either side to finish in the top two of their group. The early eliminations indicate something systematically wrong with football inContinue reading “Analysis: Double PNG OFC elimination demonstrates need for stable NSL”

Ali Mekawir has his VISA renewed

After some wait, Solomon Islands striker Ali Mekawir finally had his VISA renewed and now he has the permission to stay in Europe for more time. He travelled to France with some other players from Solomon Islands to get their VISA’s renewal. The 19-year-old player is currently attached to Langney Wanderers, a semi-professional team thatContinue reading “Ali Mekawir has his VISA renewed”

Lea’alafa is released by South African top-tier club

The Solomon Islands international Micah Lea’alafa haven’t been able to cut through series of challenges in his first season with his club in the South African top flight league. The 28-year-old forward has been released by the top-tier side and is set to depart home soon, as KickOff says. Lea’alafa played 11 matches for theContinue reading “Lea’alafa is released by South African top-tier club”

Atkin Kaua finishes trials in Europe

The Solomon Islands international Atkin Kaua that was undergoing trials in Europe is set to return his homeland after not securing a professional contract in Europe in his first stint in the continent. The player had issues with work permit, despite being accepted by one of the clubs the midfielder trialed with. Kaua was inContinue reading “Atkin Kaua finishes trials in Europe”

Solomon Islands: new year, new World Cup!

Solomon Islands had the taste to be for the first time in a FIFA football competition in the past year, when they played the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil. Despite losing all three matches they played in group stage, for the first-timers it was a especial moment. The team led by Charles Mani, LeonContinue reading “Solomon Islands: new year, new World Cup!”