Five players from OFC were invited to play in the Christian Karembeu Jubilee match against the France side that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup™ at Stade Numa Daly in New Caledonia. Vaughn Coveny was joined by Keryn Jordan, Fred De Jong (all three New Zealand), Gideon Omokirio (Solomon Islands) and Moise Poida (Vanuatu) in the sold-out match that celebrated the career of Karembeu, with the profits going to charity.
The official draw for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup New Zealand 2008 was held at the Te Papa national museum in Wellington. The tournament kicks off on 28 October and the 32 matches will be played at four venues across New Zealand: Auckland, Waikato, Wellington and Christchurch.
Navua won their third major tournament in Fiji after beating Labasa 1-0 to claim their second FACT title. Former Nadroga striker Epeli Saukuru, 19, was the hero as he nailed the winner for Navua in the 28th minute.
The Solomon Islands futsal team have qualified for the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil this year after winning the OFC Futsal Championships in Suva, Fiji. The Solomon Islands overcame Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Tuvalu and Vanuatu in a round-robin competition to clinch the title. It is the second World Cup that the Solomon islands have qualified for this year, with the “Bilikiki Boys” heading to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in France in July.
The New Zealand women’s football team competed in the Peace Queen Cup in Suwon, Korea Republic, winning one of theirthree group matches. The “Football Ferns” lost 2-1 to Korea Republic in their opening match before defeating Argentina 1 -0. Needing a win from their last match to qualify for the finals, the “Kiwis” lost 2-0 to Canada.