New Caledonia national football team

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New Caledonia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Cagous (The Kagus)
Association Fédération Calédonienne de Football
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Thierry Sardo
Most caps Pierre Wajoka (39)
Top scorer Michel Hmaé (22)
Home stadium Stade Numa-Daly Magenta
FIFA code NCL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 162 Increase 3 (1 June 2017)
Highest 93 (August 2013)
Lowest 191 (April–May 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 116 Steady (7 May 2017)
Highest 56 (5 September 1971)
Lowest 164 (10 July 2002)
First international
New Caledonia New Caledonia 2–0 New Zealand 
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 19 September 1951)
Biggest win
New Caledonia New Caledonia 18–0 Guam 
(Papua New Guinea; 3 September 1991)
New Caledonia New Caledonia 18–0 Micronesia 
(Fiji; 1 July 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Australia 11–0 New Caledonia New Caledonia
(Auckland, New Zealand; 2002)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 1973)
Best result Runners-up, 2008 and 2012

The New Caledonia national football team is the French team of New Caledonia and is controlled by the Fédération Calédonienne de Football. Although they were only admitted to FIFA in 2004, they have been participating in the OFC Nations Cup since its inception. They have been one of this relatively small region's strongest teams, finishing second in 2008 and 2012, and third in 1973 and 1980. They were the top ranked OFC nation at number 95 in September 2008,[1] making them only the fourth country from the confederation to have reached the global top 100.

World Cup record[edit]

  • 1930 – 2002: Ineligible
  • 2006 – 2018: Did not qualify

World Cup Qualification record[edit]

FIFA World Cup Qualification History
Year Round H/A/N Score Result
2006 Group 1 N New Caledonia  0 – 0  Tahiti Draw
Group 1 A New Caledonia  0 – 2  Solomon Islands Loss
Group 1 N New Caledonia  8 – 0  Cook Islands Win
Group 1 N New Caledonia  8 – 0  Tonga Win
2010 South Pacific Games N New Caledonia  1 – 0  Tahiti Win
South Pacific Games N New Caledonia  1 – 0  Tuvalu Win
South Pacific Games N New Caledonia  3 – 0  Cook Islands Win
South Pacific Games N New Caledonia  1 – 1  Fiji Draw
South Pacific Games N New Caledonia  3 – 2  Solomon Islands Win
South Pacific Games N New Caledonia  1 – 0  Fiji Win
OFC Nations Cup A New Caledonia  3 – 3  Fiji Draw
OFC Nations Cup H New Caledonia  4 – 0  Fiji Win
OFC Nations Cup A New Caledonia  1 – 1  Vanuatu Draw
OFC Nations Cup H New Caledonia  3 – 0  Vanuatu Win
OFC Nations Cup H New Caledonia  1 – 3  New Zealand Loss
OFC Nations Cup A New Caledonia  0 – 3  New Zealand Loss
2014 OFC Nations Cup N New Caledonia  5 – 2  Vanuatu Win
OFC Nations Cup N New Caledonia  3 – 4  Tahiti Loss
OFC Nations Cup N New Caledonia  9 – 0  Samoa Win
Third Round H New Caledonia  0 – 2  New Zealand Loss
Third Round A New Caledonia  4 – 0  Tahiti Win
Third Round A New Caledonia  6 – 2  Solomon Islands Win
Third Round H New Caledonia  5 – 0  Solomon Islands Win
Third Round A New Caledonia  1 – 2  New Zealand Loss
Third Round H New Caledonia  1 – 0  Tahiti Win

OFC Nations Cup record[edit]

OFC Nations Cup Record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
New Zealand 1973 Third Place 3rd 5 3 0 2 10 6
New Caledonia 1980 Third Place 3rd 4 3 0 1 14 12
1996 Did Not Qualify
Australia 1998
French Polynesia 2000
New Zealand 2002 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 14
Australia 2004 Did Not Qualify
2008 Runners-Up 2nd 6 2 2 2 12 10
Solomon Islands 2012 Runners-Up 2nd 5 3 0 2 19 7
Papua New Guinea 2016 Semi-Final 3rd 4 1 2 1 9 3
Total 6/10 0 Titles 27 12 4 11 65 52

Pacific Games record[edit]

Pacific Games Record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Fiji 1963 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 10 3
New Caledonia 1966 Runners-Up 2nd 4 3 0 1 17 2
Papua New Guinea 1969 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 20 3
French Polynesia 1971 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 12 2
Guam 1975 Runners-Up 2nd 5 4 0 1 16 4
Fiji 1979 Fourth Place 4th 5 3 0 2 26 8
Samoa 1983 Third Place 3rd 6 4 0 2 16 11
New Caledonia 1987 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 26 4
Papua New Guinea 1991 Third Place 3rd 5 3 0 2 13 8
French Polynesia 1995 Group Stage 5th 4 2 0 2 19 3
Fiji 2003 Runners-Up 2nd 6 4 1 1 29 3
Samoa 2007 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 10 3
New Caledonia 2011 Champions 1st 7 6 0 1 36 3
Papua New Guinea 2015 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 9 7
Total 14/14 7 Titles 70 52 4 14 259 64
  • Note : For the 2015 Pacific Games, it is the U23 team

Coupe de l'Outre Mer record[edit]

  • 2008 – Group stage
  • 2010 – Group stage

List of coaches[edit]

Coach Nationality Duration
Guy Elmour  France 1971–1973
Jules Hmeune  France 1977
Rudi Gutendorf  Germany 1981
Michel Clarque  France 2002
Serge Martinengo de Novack  France 2002–2004
Didier Chambaron  France 2007–2010
Christophe Coursimault  France 2010–2012
Alain Moizan  France 2012–2015
Thierry Sardo  France 2015–

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Fiji on 7 and 11 June 2017.

Caps and goals updated as of 11 June after the second game against Fiji.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
20 1GK Thomas Schmidt (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 21) 6 0 New Caledonia Lössi
23 1GK Mickael Ulile (1998-05-18) 18 May 1998 (age 19) 3 0 New Caledonia Magenta

2 2DF Romaric Walone (1994-06-23) 23 June 1994 (age 23) 1 0 New Caledonia Wetr
4 2DF Pierre Kauma (1995-08-04) 4 August 1995 (age 21) 3 0 New Caledonia Lössi
5 2DF Jeremie Dokunengo (1989-08-04) 4 August 1989 (age 27) 3 0 New Caledonia Magenta
8 2DF Jacques Wamytan (1988-12-09) 9 December 1988 (age 28) 1 0 New Caledonia Mont-Dore
15 2DF Joseph Athale (1995-07-11) 11 July 1995 (age 21) 10 0 New Caledonia Magenta

3 3MF Iler Hnauk (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 26) 1 0 New Caledonia Wetr
6 3MF Jordy Gony (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 (age 23) 1 0 New Caledonia Hienghène Sport
7 3MF Joël Wakanumuné (1986-09-30) 30 September 1986 (age 30) 27 1 New Caledonia Magenta
10 3MF Shene Welepane (1997-12-09) 9 December 1997 (age 19) 2 0 New Caledonia Magenta
14 3MF Didier Simane (1996-08-03) 3 August 1996 (age 20) 1 0 New Caledonia Magenta
16 3MF Cedric Sansot (1989-04-13) 13 April 1989 (age 28) 9 0 New Caledonia Magenta

11 4FW Mone Wamowe (1986-10-31) 31 October 1986 (age 30) 2 2 New Caledonia Lössi
12 4FW Richard Sele (1989-08-31) 31 August 1989 (age 27) 6 1 New Caledonia Lössi
17 4FW Willy Waia (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 24) 2 0 New Caledonia Horizon Patho
21 4FW Emile Ounei (1996-01-30) 30 January 1996 (age 21) 1 1 New Caledonia Tiga Sports
22 4FW Roy Kayara (1990-03-02) 2 March 1990 (age 27) 29 8 New Caledonia Hienghène Sport

Recent call-ups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Rocky Nyikeine (1992-05-26) 26 May 1992 (age 25) 13 0 New Caledonia Hienghène Sport v.  Fiji, 7 June 2017 PRE

DF Emile Béaruné (1990-02-07) 7 February 1990 (age 27) 31 1 New Caledonia Horizon Patho v.  Fiji, 7 June 2017 SUS
DF Loic Wakanumuné (1985-03-27) 27 March 1985 (age 32) 8 0 New Caledonia Magenta v.  New Zealand, 15 November 2016
DF Jean-Brice Wadriako (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 24) 6 1 New Caledonia Magenta v.  New Zealand, 15 November 2016
DF Yohann Mercier (1980-12-15) 15 December 1980 (age 36) 14 1 New Caledonia Hienghène Sport v.  New Zealand, 15 November 2016
DF Jorys Mène (1995-01-02) 2 January 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Belgium Royal Francs Borains v.  New Zealand, 15 November 2016

MF Cedric Decoire (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 (age 23) 0 0 New Caledonia Mont-Dore v.  Fiji, 7 June 2017 PRE
MF César Zeoula (1989-08-29) 29 August 1989 (age 27) 30 10 France Laval v.  New Zealand, 15 November 2016
MF Jacky Meindu (1989-06-06) 6 June 1989 (age 28) 3 0 New Caledonia USC Nouméa v.  New Zealand, 15 November 2016
MF Morgan Mathelon 2 0 New Caledonia Wetr v.  New Zealand, 15 November 2016

FW Jefferson Dahite (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 (age 26) 9 1 New Caledonia Hienghène Sport v.  Fiji, 7 June 2017 PRE
FW Bertrand Kaï (1983-06-06) 6 June 1983 (age 34) 37 21 New Caledonia Hienghène Sport v.  New Zealand, 15 November 2016
FW Paul Roine (1985-09-17) 17 September 1985 (age 31) 2 0 New Caledonia Magenta v.  New Zealand, 15 November 2016
FW Georges Gope-Fenepej (1988-10-23) 23 October 1988 (age 28) 21 14 France Amiens v.  New Zealand, 15 November 2016

Kit[edit]

Errea are the current kit provider for the national team since 2016. As of 2012, the national team's home kit is a grey jersey with red shorts and red socks. The away kit is a red jersey with red shorts and white socks.

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