Sports activities information in short for November 25

Black Chook wins Vanuatu invitational soccer match

Vanuatu membership facet Ifira Black Chook FC has received the Vanuatu Friendship Cup forward of a prime Australian soccer facet.

Action from the Vanuatu Friendship Cup

Motion from the Vanuatu Friendship Cup
Photograph: Vanuatu Soccer Federation

The inaugural Friendship Cup in Port Vila featured Central Coast Mariners, the Vanuatu nationwide group and a Vanuatu improvement squad.

The Mariners included Vanuatu captain Brian Kaltak.

Ifira Black Chook received the primary prize of $US4,200 with the Mariners taking $US2,100.

The profitable facet defeated the Mariners and the event facet, and drew 0-0 with the Vanuatu nationwide group.

The Mariners hailed the week-long match regardless of the “tough pitch situations”.

“Heavy rainfall and humidity meant the younger squad skilled situations not like something they’d seen earlier than,” a membership spokeperson stated.

“The journey acted as the proper alternative to offer everybody within the squad worthwhile minutes earlier than the graduation of the A-League season, with head coach Nick Montgomery altering the squad for every of the matches.”

Throughout their time within the nation the Mariners gamers visited many native villages to cross on their abilities.

New skilled soccer league being fashioned

The Oceania Soccer Confederation has accredited plans for the formation of an OFC Skilled League.

Following the choice, the confederation will advance plans to kick off the league in 2025.

OFC President Lambert Maltock stated the league would play an important position in elevating the game all through Oceania.

“As leaders of Oceania soccer, we’re accountable for the expansion of soccer, and we have to transfer ahead to make this occur,” Maltock stated.

The formation of the competitors will assist the OFC’s long-term purpose of qualifying two groups to the FIFA World Cups in 2026 for the lads and 2027 for the ladies.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino final month pledged FIFA’s assist for the idea on the OFC twenty eighth Strange Congress in Auckland.

“The appearance of the OFC Skilled League is a vital step in serving to to lift the profile of membership soccer throughout the Oceania area,” Infantino stated.

“I see it as a win-win for the event of not solely membership soccer, but in addition to assist reinforce the event of nationwide group soccer throughout your entire area.

Samoa Video games medallist making professional debut in Apia

Commonwealth Video games boxing silver medallist Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali makes his skilled debut tonight in Apia.

Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali after his semi-final win

Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali after his semi-final win
Photograph: Fb

The heavyweight, who defeated Niue’s Duken Tutakitoa-Williams to achieve the ultimate in Birmingham this 12 months, faces Fijian Apisai Naciqa on the Tuanaimato Faleata Sports activities Advanced.

Naciqa has fought 5 instances, profitable solely two of them and being knocked out in every of the three defeats.

Plodzicki-Faoagali stated in the course of the media convention that he was trying to finish the battle early.

Fellow Samoan Marion Faustino Ah Tong, who additionally competed on the Commonwealth Video games, will make his professional debut too.

He has been pitted in opposition to one other Fijian, Ratu Rakuro, within the super-welterweight division.

Ah Tong and Faoagali have been coaching collectively in Australia in preparation for his or her skilled debuts.

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