Commins Menapi

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Commins Menapi
Personal information
Full name Commins Menapi
Date of birth (1977-09-18) 18 September 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Solomon Islands
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Marist FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Marist FC 8 (15)
1999–2000 Nelson Suburbs 3 (0)
2000–2003 Sydney United 66 (19)
2003 Marist FC 0 (0)
2004–2006 JP Su'uria 0 (0)
2006–2007 YoungHeart Manawatu 21 (12)
2007–2008 Waitakere United 39 (21)
2008–2010 Marist FC
2011 Bundaberg Spirit
2012– Marist FC
National team
2000– Solomon Islands 37 (34)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 August 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 August 2009

Commins Menapi (born 18 September 1977) is a Solomon Islands striker, who is currently a Marist FC player.

Club career[edit]

He has also played for YoungHeart Manawatu in New Zealand, Sydney United of the old National Soccer League in Australia and for Marist FC, a club from the Solomon Islands.

In the 2006–2007 season, he became the first player to be sent off in a New Zealand Football Championship Grand Final with a nasty studs up kick on Auckland City defender Riki van Steeden. Van Steeden's leg was broken in the incident and Waitakere United lost the final 3–2 however, he would not be suspended for the OFC Champions League final against Ba F.C. because of the OFC and New Zealand Football being two separate organisations. Commins has rejoined Solomon Islands team Marist FC[1][2] after a period spent as a free agent.

International career[edit]

He has represented the Solomon Islands national football team on over 30 occasions, scoring a record 34 goals (including 7 against non-FIFA members). Menapi is arguably the most famous Solomon Islands footballer, after scoring twice for his country against Australia in a sensational 2–2 draw in the Oceania Nations Cup group match in 2004. The result was the only game in the competition that Australia did not win, and the result also ensured Solomon Islands' progression to the next phase at the expense of New Zealand. In that tournament, Menapi scored four goals in six games.[citation needed]

International Goals[edit]

# Date Opponent Result Competition Goals
1 21 June 2000  Cook Islands 5–1 2000 OFC Nations Cup 1
2 28 June 2000  Vanuatu 2–1 2000 OFC Nations Cup 1
3–5 4 June 2001  Cook Islands 9–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification 3
6–7 8 June 2001  Vanuatu 7–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification 2
8 7 July 2002  Tahiti 2–3 2002 OFC Nations Cup 1
9–10 14 June 2003  Papua New Guinea 5–3 Friendly 2
11–12 1 July 2003  Vanuatu 2–2 2003 South Pacific Games 2
13–17 3 July 2003  Kiribati 7–0 2003 South Pacific Games 5*
18–19 5 July 2003  Tuvalu 4–0 2003 South Pacific Games 2*
20 7 July 2003  Fiji 1–2 2003 South Pacific Games 1
21–22 3 April 2004  Vanuatu 2–1 Friendly 2
23 6 April 2004  Vanuatu 2–1 Friendly 1
24–25 2 June 2004  Tahiti 4–0 2004 OFC Nations Cup 2
26–27 6 June 2004  Australia 2–2 2004 OFC Nations Cup 2
28–31 25 August 2007  American Samoa 12–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification 4
32–33 27 August 2007  Tonga 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification 2
34 5 September 2007  New Caledonia 2–3 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification 1

* indicates goals against non-FIFA members

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