Vanuatu national football team

Vanuatu
Association Vanuatu Football Federation
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach vacant
Captain Fenedy Masauvakalo
Most caps Etienne Mermer (29)
Top scorer Richard Iwai (19)[1]
Home stadium Port Vila Municipal Stadium
FIFA code VAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 162 (16 August 2018)
Highest 131 (October 2007)
Lowest 201 (October–November 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 156 1 (22 May 2018)
Highest 129 (2 June 2004)
Lowest 183 (November 1993)
First international
 New Zealand 9–0 New Hebrides
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 4 October 1951) [2]
Biggest win
 Vanuatu 18–0 Kiribati 
(Lautoka, Fiji; 7 July 2003)[2]
Biggest defeat
 New Zealand 9–0 New Hebrides
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 4 October 1951)[2]
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 8 (first in 1973)
Best result Fourth place, 1973, 2000, 2002 and 2008

The Vanuatu national football team is the national team of Vanuatu and is controlled by the Vanuatu Football Federation.[3]

History

It was known as the New Hebrides national football team until the New Hebrides became Republic of Vanuatu in 1980. It finished fourth in the OFC Nations Cup in 1973, 2000, and 2002. In the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup, Vanuatu beat New Zealand 4–2, preventing the regional powerhouse from making the final and, consequently, the running for the 2006 World Cup.

Vanuatu caused another shock in the 2007 South Pacific Games by knocking out the Solomon Islands for bronze medal and also enable to enter the second stage of qualification for the OFC nation Cup and consequently a chance with a playoff for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010. The last time they had won against Solomon Islands was back in 1998 and had since been on the receiving side of many losses save for one draw against them. In July 2008, Vanuatu faced two national teams from the Solomon Islands during the inaugural edition of the Wantok Cup. Vanuatu lost 1–2 to the Solomons' team A, but defeated their team B by two goals to one.

For the first time in the country's history Vanuatu was top of the South Pacific in 1990. Vanuatu won the Melanesian Cup, playing against Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia. At that time under Coach Terry O'Donnell, Vanuatu was undoubtably the best team in the South Pacific beating Australia 1 v 0 and also knocking New Zealand out of the Futsal World Cup.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Did not enter Did not enter
1934
1938
1950
1954
1958
1962
1966
1970
1974
1978
1982
1986
1990
1994 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 1 18
1998 2 0 1 1 2 3
2002 4 1 0 3 11 21
2006 9 4 1 4 21 11
2010 12 5 1 6 30 19
2014 3 1 0 2 8 9
2018 3 1 0 2 3 8
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026
Total 0/21 37 12 3 22 76 89

Results and fixtures

2012

2015

2016

2017

Current technical staff

Position
Head coach Etienne Mermer
Assistant coach François Sakama
Team Manager Peter Takaro
Goalkeeper coach Jimmy Obed
Assistant Goalkeeper coach Jean Yves Galinie
Physio Albert Lata

Current squad

The following players were called up for a friendly against the Estonia and the 2017 Pacific Mini Games.

Caps and goals updated as of 15 December 2017 after the game against the Solomon Islands.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Chikau Mansale (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 23 0 Erakor Golden Star
22 1GK Dick Taiwia (1997-12-28) 28 December 1997 1 0 Ifira Black Bird
23 1GK Kaloran Firiam (1994-12-10) 10 December 1994 0 0 Nalkutan

2 2DF Godshen Donna (1997-06-07) 7 June 1997 6 0 Amicale
3 2DF Joseph Iaruel (1998-01-25) 25 January 1998 6 0 Galaxy FC
4 2DF Jason Thomas (1997-01-20) 20 January 1997 12 0 Erakor Golden Star
5 2DF Selwyn Vatu (1998-06-13) 13 June 1998 5 0 Shepherds United
15 2DF Michel Kaltack (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 18 2 Erakor Golden Star
16 2DF Lucien Hinge (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 3 0 Tafea

6 3MF John Alick (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 7 0 Solomon Warriors
7 3MF Jacky Ruben (1996-11-10) 10 November 1996 9 1 Erakor Golden Star
8 3MF John Well Wohale (1997-07-09) 9 July 1997 0 0 Shepherds United
9 3MF Bong Kalo (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 12 1 Nalkutan
10 3MF Ronaldo Wilkins (1999-12-30) 30 December 1999 6 0 Shepherds United
13 3MF Elkington Molivakarua (1993-03-03) 3 March 1993 6 2 Erakor Golden Star
17 3MF Jonathan Spokeyjack (1998-11-13) 13 November 1998 0 0 Ifira Black Bird
18 3MF Claude Aru (1997-04-25) 25 April 1997 1 0 Malampa Revivors
21 3MF Jayson Timatua (1998-12-27) 27 December 1998 0 0 Shepherds United

11 4FW Tony Kaltack (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 9 5 Erakor Golden Star
12 4FW Kensi Tangis (1991-12-19) 19 December 1991 18 7 Solomon Warriors
14 4FW Alex Saniel (1996-11-08) 8 November 1996 4 1 Shepherds United
19 4FW Bernard Daniel (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 2 0 Erakor Golden Star
20 4FW Azariah Soromon (1999-03-01) 1 March 1999 6 6 Tupuji Imere


Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Seiloni Iaruel (1995-04-17) 17 April 1995 6 0 Galaxy
1GK Serge Daniel (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 0 0 Erakor Golden Star
1GK Anthony Taiwia (1994-09-04) 4 September 1994 0 0 Nalkutan

2DF Jacques Wanemut (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 3 0 Erakor Golden Star
2DF Brian Kaltack (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 14 4 Auckland City
2DF Ignace Iamak (1990-03-23) 23 March 1990 6 0 Nalkutan
2DF Kevin Shem (1993-12-05) 5 December 1993 9 0 Nalkutan
2DF Samuel Kaloros (1989-09-16) 16 September 1989 2 0 Erakor Golden Star
2DF Remy Kalsrap (1996-01-20) 20 January 1996 2 0 Erakor Golden Star
2DF Chanel Obed (1995-09-30) 30 September 1995 0 0 Amicale
2DF Jais Malsarani (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 1 0 Tafea
2DF Ernie Roberts 1 0 Shepherds United
2DF Noah Roger (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 0 0 Nalkutan
2DF Malon Kaltanak (1991-01-28) 28 January 1991 0 0 Tupuji Imere
2DF Junia Vava (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 0 0 Ifira Black Bird
2DF Tasso Jeffery (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 0 0 Mauwia
2DF Jesse Kalopang (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 0 0 Erakor Golden Star
2DF Timothy Boulet (1998-11-29) 29 November 1998 0 0 Shepherds United

3MF Edisson Stephens (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 8 0 Nalkutan
3MF Nemani Roqara (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 3 0 Erakor Golden Star
3MF Octave Meltecoin (1992-05-15) 15 May 1992 0 0 Amicale
3MF Gershom Kalsong (1995-04-23) 23 April 1995 0 0 Erakor Golden Star
3MF Michel Coulon (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 0 0 Tupuji Imere
3MF Godine Tenene (1998-05-03) 3 May 1998 0 0 Erakor Golden Star
3MF Bill Nicholls (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 5 1 Magenta
3MF Dominique Fred (1992-10-21) 21 October 1992 8 1 Ifira Black Bird
3MF Raoul Coulon (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 4 0 Nalkutan
3MF Zica Manuhi (1993-07-23) 23 July 1993 4 0 Tafea
3MF Nicky Nilua (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 1 0 Ifira Black Bird
3MF Daniel Natou (1989-11-25) 25 November 1989 8 0 Nalkutan
3MF Rodney Serveux (1990-06-15) 15 June 1990 1 0 Tupuji Imere
3MF Silas Namatak (1990-12-08) 8 December 1990 2 0 Amicale
3MF Roddy Lenga (1990-04-22) 22 April 1990 2 0 Nalkutan
3MF Barry Mansale (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 0 0 Erakor Golden Star
3MF Etienne Naieu (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 0 0 Amicale

4FW Richard Ben (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 0 0 Galaxy
4FW Fenedy Masauvakalo (1985-11-04) 4 November 1985 16 2 Tupuji Imere
4FW Jean Kaltack (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 8 9 Ifira Black Bird
4FW Don Mansale (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 3 0 Tupuji Imere
4FW Francois Sakama (1987-12-12) 12 December 1987 11 6 Amicale
4FW Robert Tasso (1989-12-18) 18 December 1989 9 5 Tafea
4FW Christopher Andrew (1993-01-02) 2 January 1993 0 0 Sia-Raga

List of Coaches

New Hebrides (−1980)

  • P. Reichert (1973)

Vanuatu (1980–)

See also

References

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  2. 1 2 3 "Vanuatu (New Hebrides) – List of International Matches". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  3. "Micronesia suffer another humiliating defeat after 46–0 loss to Vanuatu | Football". The Guardian. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
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