Men's football at the 2007 South Pacific Games

The 2007 South Pacific Games Football was held at the Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex in Apia, Samoa in from 25 August to 7 September 2007.[1]

The Men's tournament formed the first stage of the Oceania Football Confederation's (OFC) qualification tournament for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the qualification tournament for the 2008 OFC Nations Cup.[2]

The group stage draw, undertaken by Tim Cahill, was held on 12 June 2007 in Auckland, New Zealand.

New Caledonia's captain, Pierre Wajoka scored a ninth minute penalty against Tahiti in the opening fixture of the games, earning him the distinction of being the scorer of the first goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification process.

Contents

Tournament

The final accredited athlete list at the SPG website shows 10 entered sides. Papua New Guinea, although listed by FIFA as having applied for the 2010 World Cup, did not enter. Tuvalu did enter (although they were not eligible for the World Cup).

Group seedings

Group A Group B

Notes:

  • Tuvalu was unranked by FIFA as it was not a member (and not an entrant to the World Cup).
  • Although the draw took place in June, FIFA rankings are shown as of February 2007, which accords with press reports of the rankings used in the draw seeding.

Results

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Fiji 4 3 1 0 25 1 +24 10
 New Caledonia 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5 10
 Tahiti 4 1 1 2 2 6 −4 4
 Cook Islands 4 1 0 3 4 9 −5 3
 Tuvalu 4 0 1 3 2 22 −20 1

25 August 2007
15:00 UTC-11
Tahiti  0 – 1  New Caledonia Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 400
Referee: Michael Hester (New Zealand)
Report Wajoka Goal 9' (pen.)
25 August 2007
18:00 UTC-11
Fiji  16 – 0  Tuvalu Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 200
Referee: Fiti Aimaasu (Samoa)
Krishna Goal 6'14'22'
Rabo Goal 11'34'45'
Baleitoga Goal 17'
Tiwa Goal 28'30'
Vakatalesau Goal 42'46'65'73'82'89'
Finau Goal 68' (pen.)
Report

27 August 2007
15:00 UTC-11
Tuvalu  0 – 1  New Caledonia Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 250
Referee: Nelson Sogo (Solomon Islands)
Report Kabeu Goal 52'
27 August 2007
18:00 UTC-11
Fiji  4 – 0  Cook Islands Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 400
Referee: Lencie Fred (Vanuatu)
Vakatalesau Goal 19'
Waqa Goal 40'
Bukalidi Goal 63'
Kainihewe Goal 82'
Report

29 August 2007
15:00 UTC-11
Tuvalu  1 – 1  Tahiti Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 100
Referee: Chris Lengata (Solomon Islands)
Sekifu Goal 87' Report Willams Goal 45+1'
29 August 2007
18:00 UTC-11
New Caledonia  3 – 0  Cook Islands Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 200
Referee: Neil Fox (New Zealand)
Kabeu Goal 35'51'85' Report

1 September 2007
12:30 UTC-11
Cook Islands  4 – 1  Tuvalu Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 200
Referee: Michael Hester (New Zealand)
Mateariki Goal 28'69'
Le Mouton Goal 88'
Tom Goal 90+3'
Report Willis Goal 83' (o.g.)
1 September 2007
18:00 UTC-11
Tahiti  0 – 4  Fiji Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 200
Referee: Neil Fox (New Zealand)
Report Waqa Goal 17'
Baleitoga Goal 38'
Vakatalesau Goal 49'73'

3 September 2007
15:00 UTC-11
New Caledonia  1 – 1  Fiji Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Lencie Fred (Vanuatu)
Wajoka Goal 44' Report Kainihewe Goal 56'
3 September 2007
15:00 UTC-11
Cook Islands  0 – 1  Tahiti Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 100
Referee: Fiti Aimaasu (Samoa)
Report Tinorua Goal 64'

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Solomon Islands 4 4 0 0 21 1 +20 12
 Vanuatu 4 3 0 1 23 3 +20 9
 Samoa 4 2 0 2 9 8 +1 6
 Tonga 4 1 0 3 6 10 −4 3
 American Samoa 4 0 0 4 1 38 −37 0

25 August 2007
15:00 UTC-11
Solomon Islands  12 – 1  American Samoa Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 300
Referee: Salaiau Sosongan (Papua New Guinea)
Totori Goal 12'15'
Menapi Goal 20' (pen.)41'75'82'
Fa'arodo Goal 43'
Waita Goal 58'85'
Bebeu Goal 69'
Molea Goal 77'
Takayama Goal 90+2'
Report Ott Goal 55' (pen.)
25 August 2007
20:30 UTC-11
Vanuatu  4 – 0  Samoa Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 300
Referee: Averii Jacques (Tahiti)
Iwai Goal 21'
Naprapol Goal 43'
Poida Goal 66'
Soromon Goal 90+2'
Report

27 August 2007
15:00 UTC-11
Solomon Islands  4 – 0  Tonga Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 350
Referee: Fiti Aimaasu (Samoa)
Menapi Goal 5'12'
Fa'arodo Goal 51'
Maemae Goal 66'
Report
27 August 2007
20:30 UTC-11
American Samoa  0 – 7  Samoa Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 2,800
Referee: Job Minan (Papua New Guinea)
Report Tumua Goal 24'51'
Faaiuaso Goal 29'
Cahill Goal 43' (pen.)67'
Fonoti Goal 61'
Michael Goal 76'

29 August 2007
15:00 UTC-11
American Samoa  0 – 15  Vanuatu Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 200
Referee: Michael Hester (New Zealand)
Report Poida Goal 19'
Mermer Goal 24'45'45+1'68'
Sakama Goal 43'79'90+1'
Chichirua Goal 56'
Iwai Goal 62'
Tomake Goal 72'
Soromon Goal 81'84'86'90+2'
29 August 2007
20:30 UTC-11
Samoa  2 – 1  Tonga Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 1,850
Referee: Salaiau Sosongan (Papua New Guinea)
Faaiuaso Goal 45+1'
Taylor Goal 83'
Report Feao Goal 54'

1 September 2007
12:30 UTC-11
Tonga  4 – 0  American Samoa Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 200
Referee: Job Minan (Papua New Guinea)
Moala Goal 37' (pen.)
Palu Goal 54'61'
K. Uhatahi Goal 86'
Report
1 September 2007
14:30 UTC-11
Vanuatu  0 – 2  Solomon Islands Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Averii Jacques (Tahiti)
Report Bebeu Goal 60'
Fa'arodo Goal 64'

3 September 2007
12:30 UTC-11
Samoa  0 – 3  Solomon Islands Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 200
Referee: Michael Hester (New Zealand)
Report Totori Goal 1'37'
Maemae Goal 69'
3 September 2007
12:30 UTC-11
Tonga  1 – 4  Vanuatu Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 50
Referee: Job Minan (Papua New Guinea)
Savieti Goal 50' Report Soromon Goal 24'34'41'
Maleb Goal 76'

Semi-finals

5 September 2007
15:00 UTC-11
Solomon Islands  2 – 3  New Caledonia Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Job Minan (Papua New Guinea)
Fa'arodo Goal 40'
Menapi Goal 47'
Report Kabeu Goal 37'
P. Toto Goal 54'
Mercier Goal 90+4'
5 September 2007
18:00 UTC-11
Fiji  3 – 0  Vanuatu Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 600
Referee: Michael Hester (New Zealand)
Baleitoga Goal 44'
Vakatalesau Goal 69' (pen.)
Krishna Goal 70'
Report

Bronze medal match

7 September 2007
14:30 UTC-11
Solomon Islands  0 – 2  Vanuatu Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 200
Referee: Averii Jacques (Tahiti)
Report Soromon Goal 45+3'
Sakama Goal 50'

Gold medal match

7 September 2007
18:00 UTC-11
New Caledonia  1 – 0  Fiji Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia, Samoa
Attendance: 400
Referee: Michael Hester (New Zealand)
Hmae Goal 61' Report
 2007 South Pacific Games Winners 

New Caledonia
Fifth title

The three medallists, New Caledonia, Fiji, and Vanuatu, advanced to the 2008 OFC Nations Cup (together with automatic qualifier New Zealand).

Advancement questions

Tuvalu

There remained some uncertainty as to what procedure would occur should Tuvalu advance - as they were not members of FIFA (and were therefore not entered in the 2010 FIFA World Cup). While no explicit ruling was communicated on this matter, comments in the press release for the OFC Second Stage draw referred to "nine eligible nations", suggesting that Tuvalu would not have advanced to the OFC Nations Cup regardless of their performance in the South Pacific Games. Had Tuvalu finished in a medal position, the fourth place team would presumably have qualified for the next round of qualifying with the other two medal winners and New Zealand. Tuvalu's early elimination from the competition put an end to any complication over the qualifying process for the next round.

This was the first time ever that a non-FIFA nation has competed in the World Cup.[3] The closest situation in the past was the case of New Caledonia during the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. However, they were at the time in the process of accession to the organisation, and were eliminated from contention for the finals just days before their final admission to the FIFA family.

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea, having initially entered the 2010 World Cup and indicated their intention to enter the South Pacific Games, were involved in a dispute with their sporting authorities and failed to meet the official accreditation deadline for the South Pacific Games. This meant they were effectively disqualified from the World Cup.

Goalscorers

There were 110 goals scored in 24 games, for an average of 4.58 goals per game.

Players in bold advanced to the next round.

10 goals
9 goals
  • Vanuatu Seule Soromon
7 goals
5 goals
  • New Caledonia Iamel Kabeu
4 goals
  • Vanuatu Francois Sakama
3 goals
  • Fiji Pita Baleitoga
  • Fiji Pita Rabo
2 goals
1 goal
  • Samoa Damien Fonoti
  • Samoa Junior Michael
  • Samoa Lionel Taylor
  • Solomon Islands Judd Molea
  • Solomon Islands Samson Takayama
  • French Polynesia Temarii Tinorua
  • French Polynesia Axel Williams
  • Tonga Unalato Feao
  • Tonga Lafeale Moala
  • Tonga Malakai Savieti
  • Tonga Kaisani Uhatahi
  • Tuvalu Viliamu Sekifu
  • Vanuatu Andrew Chichirua
  • Vanuatu Victor Maleb
  • Vanuatu Jean Nako Naprapol
  • Vanuatu Tom Tomake
Own goals
  • Cook Islands Stephen Willis (for Tuvalu Tuvalu)

See also

References

  1. ^ OFC - WORLD CUP & OLYMPIC MATCH SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED OFC; 15 June 2007
  2. ^ OFC - OFC 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP ROUTE VIA ASIA OFC; 7 December 2006; Accessed 15 February 2007
  3. ^ Long World Cup qualifying road starts in Samoa Reuters; 23 August 2007

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