First-time OFC Nations Cup finalists Vanuatu to face New Zealand

Vanuatu is into its first Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Nations Cup final after a semifinal win at home.

They will face New Zealand in Sunday’s final.

On Thursday, Vanuatu beat Fiji – who were previously unbeaten in the tournament – 2-1, with goals to Johnathan Spokeyjack and Jason Thomas.

Fiji started strong but Vanuatu was awarded an early penalty – but Bong Kalo missed the target form the spot, hitting the outside of the post.

OFC Media reported the large Fiji community in Port Vila had come out in force, while many Vanuatu businesses had shut their doors to allow the locals to support the home side at VFF Freshwater Stadium.

Vanuatu’s previous best finishes at OFC Nations Cup were fourth places in 2000, 2002 and 2008.

The OFC Men’s Nations Cup was first contested in 1973, wth host nation New Zealand winning the inaugural championship.

New Zealand won the last tournament in 2016-2020s tournament was cancelled due to Covid-19.

They have won the title five times.

In their semifinal against Tahiti, Kosta Barberouses and Ben Waine scored two goals apiece, as New Zealand ran out 5-0 winners.

New Zealand and Vanuatu also faced off in pool play, with the All Whites winning 4-0.

Sunday’s final is at Port Vila’s VFF Freshwater Stadium. Kickoff at 3pm Vanuatu time.

According to the news on Radio New Zealand

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