Esala Masi

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Esala Masi
Personal information
Full name Esala Masinisau
Date of birth (1974-03-09) 9 March 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Ba, Fiji
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Striker
Youth career
Ba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Gippsland Falcons 28 (6)
1997–2000 Wollongong Wolves 77 (19)
2000–2004 Newcastle Jets 96 (18)
2004 South Cardiff Gunners
2004–2005 Sydney Olympic
2005 Johor FC (loan)
2005 Ba
2006 Navua
2006–2007 Oakleigh Cannons 53 (27)
2008 Frankston Pines 7 (1)
2008 Altona Magic 17 (7)
2009 Pine Rivers United
2010–2013 Mitchelton FC
National team
1997–2005 Fiji 50+ (30+)
Teams managed
2015– Mitchelton FC (reserves)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Esala Masi (born 9 March 1974) is a retired Fijian footballer, who played as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Masi began his football career at his hometown club Ba before he signed with National Soccer League (NSL) club Gippsland Falcons in January 1996.[1] The next year, Masi transferred to Wollongong Wolves and helped them win the 1999-2000 NSL title. He spent three seasons at Wollongong, gaining 77 appearances and 19 goals.[2]

After the NSL was disbanded in 2004, he played for several teams in Australia's state league and Malaysia.

In 2006, Masi joined National Premier Leagues Victoria side Oakleigh Cannons FC. In the 2007 season, he finished as the top scorer of the league, scoring 15 goals.[3]

In December 2008, Masi played against LA Galaxy in an exhibition match in New Zealand as part of an Oceania XI All-Star team.[4]

In December 2015, Masi was appointed the coach of Mitchelton FC reserve team.[5]

International career[edit]

Masi played international football for Fiji at Under-15, Under-20 and Under-23 levels. He made his full international debut on 7 June 1997 in a 1–0 loss against New Zealand in qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[6] However, His international career is not well documented. Therefore, his exact appearances and goals totals are unknown. According to an interview he gave to Queensland Soccer News, he appeared over 50 times for Fiji, and also won two Melanesia Cups.[7]

He was also captain for Fiji during the 2003 South Pacific Games. In the gold-medal match against New Caledonia, he scored Fiji's second goal from a 35-metre free-kick in a 2-0 victory.[8] Fiji won the gold medal with Masi finishing as the tournament's top scorer with eleven goals.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Fiji's goal tally first.

Personal life[edit]

His uncle, the late Esala Masi Sr. was also a Fiji international football player in the 1960s; he died in 2010.[25] His cousin, Manoa Masi has also played in Australia and the national team.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Wollongong Wolves
Champions: 1999-2000
Altona Magic
Champions: 2008
Mitchelton FC
Champions: 2013

Country[edit]

Fiji
Champions: 1998, 2000
Champions: 2003

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Did that REALLY happen in 1996?". ozfootball.net. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Esala Masi". national-football-teams.com. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "National Premier Leagues Victoria Golden Boot". ozfootball.net. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Galaxy Too Classy For OAS". FourFourTwo Australia. 6 December 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Brisbane Premier League (BPL) Coaching Announcement". Mitchelton FC Facebook. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "New Zealand International Matches - Details 1990-1999". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Esala Masinisau". Queensland Soccer News. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Masi inspires Fijian victory". The World Game SBS. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "1998 FIFA World Cup France ™ - Matches - Fiji-Papua New Guinea". FIFA. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Oceanian Nations Cup 1998". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Oceanian Nations Cup 1998". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Oceanian Nations Cup 2000". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Oceanian Nations Cup 2000". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "International Matches 2001". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "World Cup 2002 Qualifying". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan ™ - Matches - Tonga-Fiji". FIFA. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "South Pacific Games 2003 (Fiji) - Tournament Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "South Pacific Games 2003 (Fiji) - Tournament Details". FIFA. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  19. ^ "South Pacific Games 2003 (Fiji) - Tournament Details". FIFA. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  20. ^ "South Pacific Games 2003 (Fiji) - Tournament Details". FIFA. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany ™ - Matches - Fiji-American Samoa". FIFA. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  22. ^ "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany ™ - Matches - Samoa-Fiji". FIFA. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  23. ^ "India loses second match". indianfootball.de. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  24. ^ "Fiji vs India". indianfootball.de. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  25. ^ "Esala Masi laid to rest tomorrow". Fiji Sun. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 

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