For the last fortnight we’ve seen great football as the OFC U-17 Championship now reaches the knockout phase, which will see four big quarter-finals happening this weekend at HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.
the action will be streamed live and free on the OFC website
winning team and runners up will advance to be OFC’s representatives at the
FIFA U-17 World Cup™️ held in Peru in October.
we’ve seen a couple of instant classics, with the opening Group B match between
New Zealand and New Caledonia ending in a 3-2 win for the tournament
favourites. Fiji and Tonga had to battle not just each other but the elements
as well, with their game played in torrential rain. It was a testament to the
skill levels of the players that the game was a great advertisement for
age-grade football, with the Fijians triumphing 3-0.
it stands, American Samoa have been eliminated after two losses, with our
quarter-finals draw giving us these fixtures for the weekend:
Caledonia v Samoa
January 21 at HFC Bank Stadium, Suva, Fiji | 4.00pm kick-off local time
teams come in off impressive wins, with New Caledonia putting seven goals past
American Samoa and Samoa winning 6-0 over Tonga. Jean-Yves Saiko has been very
prominent for the New Caledonians, while Samoan captain Pharrell Trainor scored
four goals in their last win.
January 21 at HFC Bank Stadium, Suva, Fiji | 7.00pm kick-off local time
come in as favourites, with two wins as opposed to Tonga’s two losses. Tiahoti
Colombani has been Tahiti’s main goal scorer, while Titouan Guillemant has been
a force on attack.
v Cook Islands
January 22 at HFC Bank Stadium, Suva, Fiji | 4.00pm kick-off local time (6pm
Saturday – Cook Islands time)
home side will be hoping for less rain than their last game, but have been
playing very well. Ibraheem Afazel has been in eye catching form, expect to
hear his name in the future. They need to be wary of a Cooks team that has
shown that they aren’t afraid to have a crack at goal from a long way out,
Zealand v Vanuatu
January 22 at HFC Bank Stadium, Suva, Fiji | 7.00pm kick-off local time
Zealand have scored 14 goals in their two games but will need to be on their
game against a canny Vanuatu side. New Zealand striker Luke Supyk already has a
hat-trick in the tournament so far, while Jimmy Moso has been impressive for
Islands U17 Team List:
Paulo Allsworth (Nikao Sokattak FC), Ioane Brogan (Matavera-Ngatangiia FC),
Terepai Karan (Aitutaki), Timi Kiriau (Avatiu FC), Dwayne Matapo (Nikao
Sokattak FC), Jordan Matapo (Nikao Sokattak FC), Tione Nand (Avatiu FC), Teina
Ngametua (Tupapa Maraerenga FC), Christpher Pita (Avatiu FC), Te Ariki RIngi
(Matavera-Ngatangiia FC), Tepare Rongo-Kea (Nikao Sokattak FC), Juleo Tauu
(Tupapa Maraerenga FC), Akai Tuakeu (Aitutaki), Stanley Tutai (Avatiu FC),
Shane Tuteru (Tupapa Maraerenga FC), Jeremiah Williams (Auckland United FC),
Robert Savage (Avatiu FC), Hyrum Numanga (Matavera-Ngatangiia FC), Iaveta
Remuera (Nikao Sokattak FC) and Tamuera Newnham (Matavera-Ngatangiia FC). Team
Officials are: Tahiri Elikana (Coach), Nathan Tisam (A.Coach), Pauline Dean
(Manager), Lai Gukisuva (A.Manager) and Ana Baukitoga (Physio).