Heremaia Ngata

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Harry Ngata
Personal information
Full name Heremaia Ngata
Date of birth (1971-08-24) 24 August 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Wanganui, New Zealand
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 Hull City 25 (0)
1993 North Shore United
1994–1995 Brunswick Juventus 18 (2)
1995 North Shore United
1996 Thomastown Zebras 24 (2)
1997 Bulleen Inter Kings 16 (2)
1998 North Shore United
1998–1999 Bohemian FC 4 (0)
1999–2004 Football Kingz 127 (27)
National team
1993–2001 New Zealand 28 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Heremaia ("Harry") Ngata (born 24 August 1971 in Wanganui) is a former New Zealand association football player who played as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Ngata began his career with Hull City in England, and may have been the first Maori footballer to play in the English league.[1] Ngata won 1998 New Zealand Players' Player of the Year award, whilst playing with North Shore United, where he won the club's Player of the Year award twice.[2] One of the most successful parts of his career was the five years that he spent playing for the Kingz in the Australian NSL.[3] where he became very popular.[4]

International career[edit]

Ngata scored New Zealand's goal in his full All Whites debut, a 1-3 loss against Saudi Arabia on 28 April 1993. He was included in the New Zealand side for the 1999 Confederations Cup finals tournament[5] and he ended his international playing career with 28 A-international caps and 3 goals to his credit, his final cap a substitute appearance in a 7-0 win over Vanuatu on 13 June 2001.[6][7]

Post-retirement[edit]

Ngata works occasionally as a football commentator for SKY TV in New Zealand. He has worked in the role of Sports Ambassador for the SPARC organisation (Sport & Recreation New Zealand).[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Where players come from" - BBC article
  2. ^ booksinhomes.org.nz
  3. ^ "Australian Player Database". OzFootball. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  4. ^ Profile of Harry Ngata on NZ Football
  5. ^ "1999 Confederation Cup Squad". NZ Football. Archived from the original on 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  6. ^ "A-International Appearances - Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  7. ^ "A-International Scorers - Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  8. ^ Profile of Harry Ngata on the NZPFA website

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