2008 OFC Nations Cup

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2008 OFC Nations Cup
Tournament details
Dates17 October 2007 – 19 November 2008
Teams4 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions New Zealand (4th title)
Runners-up New Caledonia
Third place Fiji
Fourth place Vanuatu
Tournament statistics
Matches played12
Goals scored39 (3.25 per match)
Top scorer(s)New Zealand Shane Smeltz (8 goals)
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]

Fiji 0–2 New Zealand
Report Vicelich Goal 37'
Smeltz Goal 86'
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)

Vanuatu 1–2 New Zealand
Naprapol Goal 32' Report Smeltz Goal 53'
Mulligan Goal 90+3'

Fiji 3–3 New Caledonia
Nawatu Goal 2'
Vakatalesau Goal 27' Goal 86'
Report Gjamaci Goal 66'
Kaudre Goal 83'
M. Hmaé Goal 87'
Attendance: 1,500

New Zealand 4–1 Vanuatu
Mulligan Goal 17' Goal 81'
Smeltz Goal 29' (pen.) Goal 34'
Report Sakama Goal 50'
Attendance: 2,500

New Caledonia 4–0 Fiji
Wajoka Goal 29' (pen.)
M. Hmaé Goal 32' Goal 61'
Mapou Goal 64'
Report

Vanuatu 1–1 New Caledonia
Mermer Goal 77' Report Djamali Goal 73'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Rakesh Varman (Fiji)

New Caledonia 3–0 Vanuatu
Wajoka Goal 36'
M. Hmaé Goal 60'
Diaike Goal 87'
Report

Fiji 2–0 Vanuatu
Kumar Goal 7'
Dunadamu Goal 87'
Report
Attendance: 3,000

New Caledonia 1–3 New Zealand
M. Hmaé Goal 55' Report Sigmund Goal 16'
Smeltz Goal 65' Goal 75'
Attendance: 2,589
Referee: Rakesh Varman (Fiji)

Vanuatu 2–1 Fiji
Sakama Goal 59'
Malas Goal 90+2'
Report Dunadamu Goal 90+3'

New Zealand 3–0 New Caledonia
Smeltz Goal 49' Goal 76'
Christie Goal 69'
Report

New Zealand 0–2 Fiji
Report Krishna Goal 63' Goal 90'
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 Archived 2008-10-02 at the Wayback Machine., Oceania Football Confederation.

External links[edit]

  • RSSF. Accessed 21 February 2010.