Kiribati national football team

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Kiribati
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Kiribati Islands Football Association
Confederation N.F.-Board & OFC
Head coach Kevin McGreskin
Most caps Nabaruru Batiri (8)
Top scorer Lawrence Nemeia (2)
Home stadium Bairiki National Stadium
Elo ranking 229
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Papua New Guinea 13–0 Kiribati Kiribati
(Suva, Fiji; 22 August 1979)
Biggest win
None
Biggest defeat
 Fiji 24–0 Kiribati Kiribati
(Suva, Fiji; 24 August 1979)

The Kiribati national football team is the national football team of Kiribati and is controlled by the Kiribati Islands Football Association. Kiribati is not a member of FIFA but is an associate member of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC),[1] and is therefore not eligible to enter the FIFA World Cup but may enter the OFC Nations Cup.[2] It became a provisional member of the N.F.-Board on 10 December 2005.

As of April 2012, Kiribati has played only ten games in its history, all at the South Pacific Games, two in 1979, four in 2003, and four in 2011. The biggest wins for Fiji and Vanuatu have been against Kiribati, 24–0 and 18–0 respectively. Kiribati have yet to win an international match, and have never played at home, not least because there is no adequate playing ground suitable for an international match. Bairiki National Stadium is a sand pitch rather than a grass field. In ten games, Kiribati has scored four goals and conceded 122.[3]

In 2012, Scotsman Kevin McGreskin became the team's coach, with an aim to improve its results and obtain recognition from FIFA.[3]

Background[edit]

Kiribati have only ever played 10 International matches up to 28 June 2012. Kiribati's first match took place in Fiji on 22 August 1979 when they played Papua New Guinea losing 13-0 in a South Pacific Games match. The side have never won a match but came very close when they lost 3-2 to fellow minnows Tuvalu on 30 June 2003 in Pool A of the South Pacific Games in Fiji. Kiribati's only 2 goals in the 2011 Pacific games and were scored by Karotu Bakaane versus Papua New Guinea and Erene Bakineti versus Tahiti; but in the 2003 competition both goals against Tuvalu came from Lawrence Nemeia on 26 minutes and 46 minutes.

The Kiribati team for the 2003 South Pacific games was as follows versus Tuvalu: Tarariki Tarotu, Tebwaia Baikawa, Nabaruru Batiri (Naingmea Beiaruru 86’), Tokabi Kaiorake, Ukenio Kobuti, Ruevita Iotin, Lawrence Nemeia,Betaia Ioana (David Collins 54’), Nabuaka Itimaroroa, Atantaake Tooma, Palamo Kulene.

Solomon Islands which was lost 7-0: Kiteone Kairoronga, Tebwaia Baikawa, Nabaruru Batiri, Tokabi Kaiorake, Ukenio Kobuti (Takinoa Tekaei 63), Ruevita Iotin, Lawrence Nemeia, Betaia Ioana (David Collins 46’), Nabuaka Itimaroroa, Naingmea Beiaruru (Eritara Riteti 55), Palamo Kulene.

v Fiji lost 12-0: Kiteone Kairoronga (Tarariki Tarotu 37’), Tebwaia Baikawa, Nabaruru Batiri, Tokabi Kaiorake, Ukenio Kobuti (Naingmea Beiaruru 34’), Ruevita Iotin, Lawrence Nemeia, David Collins, Nabuaka Itimaroroa, Atantaake Tooma, Palamo Kulene.

v Vanuatu lost 18-0: Tarariki Tarotu, Tebwaia Baikawa, Nabaruru Batiri, Tokabi Kaiorake,Ukenio Kobuti (Naingmea Beiaruru 50’), Ruevita Iotin, Lawrence Nemeia, Betaia Ioana (Nabuaka Itimaroroa 43’), Atantaake Tooma, Palamo Kulene (Tiaon Rekenibali 67’), Teburae Rataro.

Complete International Results[edit]

(Accurate as of 28 June 2012)

Date Opponents Score Competition Attendance
22 August 1979 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 0-13 South Pacific Games
24 August 1979 Fiji Fiji 0-24 South Pacific Games
30 June 2003 Tuvalu Tuvalu 2-3 South Pacific Games - Pool A
3 July 2003 Solomon Islands Solomon Islands 0-7 South Pacific Games - Pool A
5 July 2003 Fiji Fiji 0-12 South Pacific Games - Pool A 4,000est.
7 July 2003 Vanuatu Vanuatu 0-18 South Pacific Games - Pool A 2,000est
30 August 2011 Fiji Fiji 0-9 Pacific Games - Pool B
1 September 2011 Cook Islands Cook Islands 0-3 Pacific Games - Pool B
3 September 2011 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 1-17 Pacific Games - Pool B
5 September 2011 French Polynesia Tahiti 1-17 Pacific Games - Pool B

South Pacific / Pacific Games record[edit]

Brief Record[edit]

(1) Represented by a club team.

Performances[edit]

1979[edit]

Group One - 1979 Pl W D L GF GA Pts
1 Fiji Fiji 2 1 1 0 24 0 3
2 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 2 1 1 0 13 0 3
3 Kiribati Kiribati 2 0 0 2 0 37 0

2003[edit]

Group A - 2003 Pl W D L GF GA Pts
1 Fiji Fiji 4 3 1 0 18 1 10
2 Vanuatu Vanuatu 4 2 2 0 21 2 8
3 Solomon Islands Solomon Islands 4 2 1 1 14 4 7
4 Tuvalu Tuvalu 4 1 0 3 3 11 3
5 Kiribati Kiribati 4 0 0 4 2 40 0

2011[edit]

Group B - 2011 Pl W D L GF GA Pts
1 Fiji Fiji 4 4 0 0 18 1 12
2 French Polynesia Tahiti 4 2 1 1 25 5 7
3 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 4 2 1 1 22 4 7
4 Cook Islands Cook Islands 4 1 0 3 4 15 3
5 Kiribati Kiribati 4 0 0 4 2 46 0

Current squad[edit]

Squad selected for the 2011 Pacific Games.[4]
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Tarariki Tarotu (1974-07-27) 27 July 1974 (age 40) 6 0
21 1GK Tiaon Miika 3 0
3 2DF Kaake Kamta (1980-08-28) 28 August 1980 (age 34) 3 0
4 2DF Kaben Ioteba (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 22) 4 0
5 2DF Enri Tenukai 4 0
6 2DF Nabaruru Batiri (1984-12-01) 1 December 1984 (age 29) 8 0
12 2DF Beniamina Kaintikuaba (1993-12-03) 3 December 1993 (age 20) 2 0
16 2DF Barurunteiti Kaiorake (1980-04-01) 1 April 1980 (age 34) 1 0
7 3MF Atanuea Eritara 4 0
9 3MF Atino Baraniko 1 0
10 3MF Jeff Jong 3 0
15 3MF Martin Miriata 4 0
17 3MF Biitamatang Keakea (1989-03-26) 26 March 1989 (age 25) 4 0
18 3MF Tongarua Akori (1983-06-30) 30 June 1983 (age 31) 2 0
19 3MF Lawrence Nemeia (1977-11-12) 12 November 1977 (age 36) 8 2
14 4FW Karotu Bakaane 3 1
13 4FW Erene Bwakineti (1982-07-02) 2 July 1982 (age 32) 3 1
8 4FW Antin Nanotaake 4 0
11 4FW Joseph Yan (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 21) 3 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kiribati enjoying new adventure". OFC. Archived from the original on 2008-09-06. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  2. ^ "OFC Statutes, Article 10, Section 2b". OFC. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  3. ^ a b "The hardest job in football?", BBC Sport, 20 April 2012
  4. ^ "Kiribati Official Team List". oceaniafootball.com. Oceania Football Confederation. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 

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