2008 OFC Nations Cup

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2008 OFC Nations Cup
Tournament details
Dates 17 October 2007 - 19 November 2008
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand (4th title)
Runners-up  New Caledonia
Third place  Fiji
Fourth place  Vanuatu
Tournament statistics
Matches played 12
Goals scored 39 (3.25 per match)
Top scorer(s) New Zealand Shane Smeltz (8)
2004
2012

The 2008 OFC Nations Cup was the eighth edition of the OFC Nations Cup, and the first under a new format that was introduced. It took place as a series of as a home-and-away round-robin tournament on FIFA match dates in 2007 and 2008. Doubling as the qualification tournament for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the tournament was substantially different from earlier editions: 2004 champions Australia did not compete after leaving the Oceania Football Confederation for the Asian Football Confederation, and for the first time since the 1996 OFC Nations Cup, no fixed venue was used. Unlike the 2004 OFC Nations Cup, which had featured ten teams from the Oceania Football Confederation, the 2008 tournament had just four teams.

The Cup was won by New Zealand, who as a result qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, and the World Cup qualifying play-off with the AFC 5th-placed team, Bahrain, in which New Zealand were successful.

Participating teams[edit]

The four qualified teams for the 2008 OFC Nations Cup were:

Squads[edit]

See 2008 OFC Nations Cup Squads

Final tournament[edit]

Ranking[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 New Zealand 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15
 New Caledonia 6 2 2 2 12 10 +2 8
 Fiji 6 2 1 3 8 11 −3 7
 Vanuatu 6 1 1 4 5 13 −8 4
  Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Vanuatu
Fiji  3 – 3 0 – 2 2 – 0
New Caledonia  4 – 0 1 – 3 3 – 0
New Zealand  0 – 2 3 – 0 4 – 1
Vanuatu  2 – 1 1 – 1 1 – 2

New Zealand advanced to the AFC-OFC Play-off

Results[edit]

17 October 2007
16:00 UTC+12
Fiji  0 – 2  New Zealand
Report Vicelich Goal 37'
Smeltz Goal 86'
Churchill Park, Lautoka
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)

17 November 2007
14:00 UTC+11
Vanuatu  1 – 2  New Zealand
Naprapol Goal 32' Report Smeltz Goal 53'
Mulligan Goal 90+3'
Korman Stadium, Port Vila
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Job Minan (Papua New Guinea)
17 November 2007
15:00 UTC+12
Fiji  3 – 3  New Caledonia
Nawatu Goal 2'
Vakatalesau Goal 27' Goal 86'
Report Gjamaci Goal 66'
Kaudre Goal 83'
M. Hmaé Goal 87'
Govind Park, Ba
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)

21 November 2007
19:00 UTC+13
New Zealand  4 – 1  Vanuatu
Mulligan Goal 17' Goal 81'
Smeltz Goal 29' (pen.) Goal 34'
Report Sakama Goal 50'
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Averii Jacques (Tahiti)
21 November 2007
19:00 UTC+11
New Caledonia  4 – 0  Fiji
Wajoka Goal 29' (pen.)
M. Hmaé Goal 32' Goal 61'
Mapou Goal 64'
Report

14 June 2008
14:00 UTC+11
Vanuatu  1 – 1  New Caledonia
Mermer Goal 77' Report Djamali Goal 73'
Korman Stadium, Port Vila
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Rakesh Varman (Fiji)

21 June 2008
15:00 UTC+11
New Caledonia  3 – 0  Vanuatu
Wajoka Goal 36'
M. Hmaé Goal 60'
Diaike Goal 87'
Report

6 September 2008
15:00 UTC+12
Fiji  2 – 0  Vanuatu
Kumar Goal 7'
Dunadamu Goal 87'
Report
Govind Park, Ba
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Job Minan (Papua New Guinea)
6 September 2008
17:00 UTC+11
New Caledonia  1 – 3  New Zealand
M. Hmaé Goal 55' Report Sigmund Goal 16'
Smeltz Goal 65' Goal 75'
Stade Numa-Daly Magenta, Noumea
Attendance: 2,589
Referee: Rakesh Varman (Fiji)

10 September 2008
14:00 UTC+11
Vanuatu  2 – 1  Fiji
Sakama Goal 59'
Malas Goal 90+2'
Report Dunadamu Goal 90+3'
Korman Stadium, Port Vila
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)
10 September 2008
19:30 UTC+12
New Zealand  3 – 0  New Caledonia
Smeltz Goal 49' Goal 76'
Christie Goal 69'
Report
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)

19 November 2008
18:00 UTC+12
New Zealand  0 – 2  Fiji
Report Krishna Goal 63' Goal 90'
Churchill Park, Lautoka (Fiji)
[note 1]
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Lencie Fred (Vanuatu)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The New Zealand vs Fiji match was originally scheduled for 13 October 2007, but was postponed by FIFA after Fijian goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau was denied a visa by the New Zealand immigration authorities. The match was first rescheduled to be played in the neutral country of Samoa,[1][2] but subsequently moved again to Fiji.[3]


 2008 OFC Nations Cup Winners 

New Zealand
Fourth title

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 39 goals scored in 12 games, for an average of 3.25 goals per game. Players in bold advanced to the next round in qualifying.

8 goals
5 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ Media Statement: New Zealand vs Fiji Match, Oceania Football Confederation. Accessed 2009-09-09. Archived 2009-09-11.
  2. ^ FIFA cancels New Zealand-Fiji, FIFA.com
  3. ^ New Zealand to finish World Cup qualifying campaign in Fiji, Oceania Football Confederation.

External links[edit]

  • RSSF. Accessed 21 February 2010.