Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
been producing top referees in the Oceania and international arenas
and last weekend saw Vanuatu Football Federation referee Robinson
Banga whom is a FIFA referee himself awarding 3 red cards to Ifira
Banga has shown maturity and confidence in sending off the 3 Ifira
players last weekend and has called out to other local referees in the
PVFA to not hold themselves back and play their part in showing who is
the boss in a match.
"I am urging all my colleagues to stand up and not be afraid to flash
some cards and take control," Banga appealed.
Banga took charge of the match between Ifira and Academy last weekend.
Harry Atisson whom is a FIFA Referee Committee Member has since
praised Banga following his move and urged him to keep up the good
work and has appealed to other local referees to follow in the
footsteps of Banga.
Vanuatu Academy Football team comprising mainly of Under 17 players from the local Academy have secured their first win in the Port Vila Football League Premier TVL Cup against new comers Ifira Black Birds last weekend.
A superb 35 meters Brian Kaltak free kick and Yvon Wilson goal sealed the victory for the young Academy side.
Ifira had a goal in but it wasn't enough for the Academy side to grab the controversial victory against Ifira.
Academy dominated throughout the game but Ifira defender Andrew Chichirua led a solid defense which at times proved an obstacle to the Academy side.
At half time saw a goalless game.
It was late into the second period when Academy's Brian Kaltak sent a screamer from a 35 meter free kick into the right hand side of the Ifira goal which sent the keeper the opposite direction.
Ifira then replied with a goal to get back into the game but couldn't hold their defense together when in the dying minutes of the game Yvon Wilson got one back for Shepherds to secure the first ever victory for Academy in the TVL Cup tourney.
During the second period 3 Ifira players were sent off with red cards.
Academy will take on former champions Tafea FC this weekend and will look to put on a similar game to last weekend's.
Solomon Islands Futsal star Jack Whetney is in Port Vila to team up with the Amical FC.
Whetney whom is a familiar name in the OFC Futsal arena and has won 3 Oceania Futsal Campionships with Solomons has recently been transferred to Vanuatu's new champions Amical FC in a bid to boost the teams O-League campaign.
Amical FC Team Manager whom is also the clubs vice President Andrew Leong in a statement said that Whitneys arrival to the club has come at a right time and he is sure that together with Whitneys experience and flare Amical will is heading at a right direction to a successful O-League campaign.
Port Vila fans will be able to witness Whitney's raw talent this weekend when Amical take on Ifira for the day 3 of the TVLCup at 1:45pm.
Fans in Port Vila watch his interview on Vanuafoot TV show on Wednesday night and know that Amical will not be a easy team to beat in Port Vila and also during the O League tournament.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
President Maltock said that he is pleased with the result after Vanuatu had secured the 5th place with the controversial 2-0 win over Zimbabwe.
"Even though we were unlucky in qualifying for the finals the win is enough for us to send out a message to the world that Vanuatu has the capacity to play football in the world stage and we can compete alongside the big names in football today like Bolivia," Maltock stated.
"If we are to analyze Vanuatu's performance at the YOG we can see that out of the three games played Vanuatu has gradually progressed slowly starting with a 2-0 lose to Bolivia, then going 2-1 against Haiti and finally beating Zimbabwe we can see a slowly ascending performance here which for me is really good.
"For me this already is a good indicator that shows football in Vanuatu is developing and bearing the boy's age in mind, says 10 years down the road Vanuatu will be expecting winners among this group."
Vanuatu's YOG team has inside 3 players whom had represented Vanuatu in the 2007 Danone Nations Cup in France, they are, Mermer, Raoul Coulon and Tenene Sylvain.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Vanuatu raised more than a few eyebrows in their final game at the Boys' Youth Olympic Football Tournament as they dispatched Zimbabwe 2¬0 to end their campaign on a high note. And steering the team to their only victory at Singapore 2010 were a pair of twins brothers.
Born on 3 December 1995, in Port Vila, Raoul and Michel are the given names of the two Coulon siblings. Deployed as the centre¬back, Raoul provided leadership in the rearguard throughout the game while Michel, forming the attacking line alongside Andre Kalselik, was tonight's true star.
Zimbabwe pressed hard from the outset with Mgcini Sibanda and Lucky Ndlela repeatedly threatening the Vanuatu goal. But the defence, bossed by Raoul, proved solid and having weathered the early storm, it was the turn of Michel to shine. The No14 was a constant threat in the Zimbabwe penalty area and he made the Africans sweat when he ghosted into the area only to see his shot turned around for corner. With both sides surging forward for the opener, a brilliant bit of improvisation by Michel set up Kalselik to put Vanuatu in front.
Today we played a great game. I didn't score a goal but I did my part of job to help our side to victory and this was the most important for me. Vanuatu striker Michel Coloun
Jelene Waiwai's cross from the left found Michel on the edge of the area, but instead of taking his shot, the cool¬headed striker squared for Kalselik who opened the scoring with a low strike. "I was facing the goalkeeper when I was about to make the pass to him (Kalselik)," Michel told FIFA.com after the celebrations were done. "I attracted the most attention from the defenders and was not in a good position to finish, so I immediately decided to cross for my partner to complete the job. We have played together for a long time so we have a telepathic understanding between us."
Their second goal was again the result of the handiwork of Michel, whose powerful drive was palmed away by Fungai Benard. The clearance fell just at the feet of Kalselik, who unleashed a lightning shot which was deflected into the net. "Today we played a great game. I didn't score a goal but I did my part of job to help our side to victory and this was the most important for me," said the unselfish forward.
"His performance was brilliant today," Raoul, after watching from deep how his brother dazzled the opponents' defense and had a hand at their two goals, was quick to pay his tribute. "He did his attacking job well and for me he had everything but a goal."
Michel also acknowledged how the watertight backline, bossed by his brother Raoul, helped his side to turn their 2¬0 lead into victory. "He and our defenders kept their cool throughout the eight minutes, holding off the Africans' attacks to make our victory possible. My brother played a great game," he concluded.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Photo: OFC (www.oceaniafootball.com)
After a disappointing moment participating in the Futsal Championship 2010 in Suva Fiji, VFF are now looking at ways to better develop Futsal in Vanuatu.
Vanuatu was one of the first countries in the region to play Futsal, and the teams performance at the tournament left a trail of critics from fans and officials.
The change could see Futsal improvement with the training facilities, coaching and exposure in the international arena to gain experience.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
The opening matchday of the Boys Youth Olympic Football Tournament Singapore 2010 on Friday came as a fantastic prelude to tomorrow's Opening Ceremony, with the hosts cruising to a 3-1 opening victory over Zimbabwe, while Bolivia recorded a comfortable 2-0 win against Vanuatu.
Match of the day
Singapore 3–1 Zimbabwe
Goals: Ammirul Mazlan 1', Muhaimin Suhaimi 11', 30'; Albert Kusemwak 64'
The hosts got off to the best possible start with three goals in the opening 30 minutes helping them to a 3-1 win. Determined to showcase their talent, Kadir Yahaya's side came pressed from the first whistle and their first move produced the opening goal after just 11 seconds; Ammirul Mazlan scoring from 25 yards. The early goal sparked the stadium into celebration and spurred on by the vociferous home crowd, the Young Lions pressed harder, doubling their lead after ten minutes when Muhaimin Suhaimi's diagonal shot from 20 yards flew into the net off the keeper's outstretched palm.
The diminutive striker went on to score a second on the half-hour when he headed home Hanafi Mohd's free-kick from the right. Three goals to the good, the home side looked more comfortable on the ball and began to enjoy the match. The second half saw Zimbabwe rally to pull one back courtesy of Albert Kusemwa's spot-kick and although the Africans caused some problems in the later stages, the hosts kept their cool to collect the three points.
The other match
Vanuatu 0-2 Bolivia
Goals: Carlos Anez 19', Luis Banegas 42'
Bolivia simply proved to be too strong for Vanuatu with the South Americans coasting to a 2-0 opening win. Carlos Anez put his side in front after 19 minutes before Luis Banegas sealed three points with a clinical finish in the second half. The only side that openly stated their ambition for gold, Bolivia got the better of the game after the early exchanges, with their attacking duo of Jorge Alpire and Rodrigo Mejido constantly threatening the Vanuatu goal.
Their instinctive partnership led to their opening goal, when Alpire surged down the left before perfectly picking out his strike partner in the area. The Vanuatu goalkeeper could do nothing but bring him down for a spot kick, from which Anez converted, sending the keeper the wrong way. Bolivia continued their stranglehold on the proceedings after the restart, with the second half belonging to Banegas, who was on target two minutes after being introduced from the bench.
Goal of the Day
Trailing by a single goal, Vanuatu's hopes of a comeback against Bolivia were dashed when Banegas scored after 42 minuted. Running onto Yasser Manzur's chipped pass, the Real America striker surged clear into the area before coolly side-footing a low shot into the left bottom corner.
10: The number of seconds it took for Ammirul Mazlan to score the first goal – and the number of minutes between Singapore's first and second goals against Zimbabwe.
"I am happy we got off to a good start, but this doesn't mean we are the tournament favourites. At this age group anything can happen so we have to continue our good work." Kadir Yahaya, Singapore coach.