Kiribati national football team

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Kiribati
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationKiribati Islands Football Association
ConfederationConIFA & OFC
Head coachJake Kewley
Most capsNabaruru Batiri,
Lawrence Nemeia (8)
Top scorerLawrence Nemeia (2)
Home stadiumBairiki National Stadium
FIFA codeKIR
First colours
Second colours
Elo ranking
Current 234 Steady (2 February 2019)[1]
Highest187 (1979)
Lowest234 (2018)
First international
 Papua New Guinea 13–0  Kiribati
(Suva, Fiji; 22 August 1979)
Biggest win
None
Biggest defeat
 Fiji 24–0  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),[2] and is therefore not eligible to enter the FIFA World Cup but may enter the OFC Nations Cup.[3] It became a provisional member of the N.F.-Board on 10 December 2005.

Kiribati is also a member of the ConIFA.

Background[edit]

Kiribati have only ever played 10 International matches up to April 2012 where they scored four goals and conceded 122. All of these matches were played away from home due to the lack of grass pitches in the archipelago.[4] The Bairiki National Stadium has a sand pitch rather than grass. 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, as well as losing 4-2 in penalties to Tuvalu in the consolation round of the 1979 South Pacific Games. Kiribati's only two goals in the 2011 Pacific games 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 the 26th minute and the 46th minute.

In 2012, Scotsman Kevin McGreskin became the team's coach, with the aim of improving its results and obtaining recognition from FIFA.[4]

On 10 April 2015, Jake Kewley was officially appointed as the Manager and Ambassador for the Kiribati Islands National Football Team with the remit of liaising with the relevant footballing bodies to advance Kiribati's prior membership applications, with a FIFA application being drafted, finalised and submitted later that year.[5]

On 6 May 2016, Kiribati was formally accepted as the newest member of ConIFA (Confederation of Independent Football Associations), becoming the first ever Oceanic member to join the federation.[6] Kiribati hosted an official visit from ConIFA in November 2016 for the national football competition in Tarawa - Taiwan Sport Tournament - with ConIFA documenting the tournament whilst in the country.[7] Kiribati qualified for the 2018 World Football Cup, that was held in England.[8] However, Kiribati were forced to withdraw, with Tuvalu taking their place.[9][10][11]

Complete International Results[edit]

(Accurate as of 28 June 2012)

Date Opponents Score Competition Attendance
22 August 1979  Papua New Guinea 0–13[12] South Pacific Games
24 August 1979  Fiji 0–24[12] South Pacific Games
5 September 1979  Tuvalu 3–3 (2-4 penalties) South Pacific Games
30 June 2003  Tuvalu 2–3[12] South Pacific Games – Pool A
3 July 2003  Solomon Islands 0–7[12] South Pacific Games – Pool A
5 July 2003  Fiji 0–12[12] South Pacific Games – Pool A 4,000est.
7 July 2003  Vanuatu 0–18[12] South Pacific Games – Pool A 2,000est
30 August 2011  Fiji 0–9[13] Pacific Games – Pool B
1 September 2011  Cook Islands 0–2[13] Pacific Games – Pool B
3 September 2011  Papua New Guinea 1–17[13] Pacific Games – Pool B
5 September 2011  Tahiti 1–17[13] 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 2 1 1 0 24 0 3
2  Papua New Guinea 2 1 1 0 13 0 3
3  Kiribati 2 0 0 2 0 37 0

2003[edit]

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

2011[edit]

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

Current squad[edit]

Squad selected for the 2011 Pacific Games.[14]
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Tarariki Tarotu (1974-07-27) 27 July 1974 (age 44) 6 0
21 1GK Tiaon Miika 3 0
3 2DF Kaake Kamta (1980-08-28) 28 August 1980 (age 38) 3 0
4 2DF Kaben Ioteba (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 26) 4 0
5 2DF Enri Tenukai 4 0
6 2DF Nabaruru Batiri (1984-12-01) 1 December 1984 (age 34) 8 0
12 2DF Beniamina Kaintikuaba (1993-12-03) 3 December 1993 (age 25) 2 0
16 2DF Barurunteiti Kaiorake (1980-04-01) 1 April 1980 (age 38) 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 29) 4 0
18 3MF Tongarua Akori (1983-06-30) 30 June 1983 (age 35) 2 0
19 3MF Lawrence Nemeia (1977-11-12) 12 November 1977 (age 41) 8 2
14 4FW Karotu Bakaane 3 1
13 4FW Erene Bwakineti (1982-07-02) 2 July 1982 (age 36) 3 1
8 4FW Antin Nanotaake 4 0
11 4FW Joseph Yan (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 26) 3 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 February 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Kiribati enjoying new adventure". OFC. Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  3. ^ "OFC Statutes, Article 10, Section 2b" (PDF). OFC. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  4. ^ a b "The hardest job in football?". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  5. ^ [1]. BBC. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Kiribati − Background". conifa.org. CONIFA. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  7. ^ "A Beautiful Game for a Beautiful Nation". kiribatifootball.com. Kiribati Islands Football Association. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Team Tibet set for 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup in London next summer". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Kiribati pull out of World Cup". Football in Oceania. 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  10. ^ "BREAKING NEWS! Tuvalu to replace Kiribati at the 2018 CONIFA World Cup". The Bootiful Game. 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  11. ^ "Tuvalu to replace Kiribati at the 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup". CONIFA. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  12. ^ a b c d e f Kiribati - List of International Matches, rsssf.com, Retrieved 31 March 2017
  13. ^ a b c d Men's Results - Mens Soccer, websites.sportstg.com, Retrieved 31 March 2017
  14. ^ "Kiribati Official Team List". oceaniafootball.com. Oceania Football Confederation. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2013.

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