September 25, 2022
New Zealand claimed the 2022 OFC U19 Championship title in Tahiti today after outclassing Fiji 3-0 in the final.
The Kiwis looked more organised and focused and scored two first half goals through Oliver Colloty for a comfortable halftime lead.
Fiji bettered its performance in the second half and threatened with some good attacking play.
Midfielder Nabil Begg missed two sitters while attacking forward Lachlan Lal missed a golden chance after his shot hit the post and bounced back into play.
Jay Herman sealed victory for the Kiwis with a well executed goal which gave goalkeeper Aiydin Mustahib no chance at all.
Both teams progress to the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup in Indonesia.
The starting teams:
Fiji- Aiydin Mustahib, Peter Ravisitai, Sailasa Ratu, Lachlan Lal, Mustafa Mohammed, Melvin Mani, Nabil Begg, Gulam Rasool, Geary Kubu, Mohammed Raheem, Samuela Navoce (C).
NZ- Henry Gray, Finn Surman (C), Oliver Colloty, Jay Herdman, Oliver Fay, Lukas-Kelly- Heald, Marco Lorenz, Aaryan Raj, Charlie Beale, Wilson Souphanthavong, Theo Ettema.
By Reginald Chandar