30 Apr 2011

Junior All Whites book ticket to Colombia

12:26 pm on 30 April 2011

The Junior All Whites will represent Oceania at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, which starts in July, after overcoming a spirited Solomon Islands side 3-1 in the grand final of the OFC Under-20 football Championship at North Harbour Stadium.

New Zealand were the only undefeated team in the tournament and lived up to their tag of favourites by overpowering the Mamulas in the second half of the final after the scores were locked at 1-1 on the half-time whistle.

The Solomon Islands coach Noel Wagapu was disappointed to miss out on a piece of history - his side would have been the first age-group team from the country to qualify for a FIFA World Cup - but feels his side could not have done much more.

Meanwhile two goals to Jean Kaltak were enough for Vanuatu to secure third place earlier in the afternoon against a Fiji side who struggled to regroup following their heavy semi-final defeat to New Zealand.

Kaltak had further reason to celebrate after his six strikes were enough to win him the Golden Boot, while Seda received the Golden Gloves for being the best goalkeeper of the tournament and Marco Rojas was awarded the Golden Ball as the most impressive outfield player.

The FIFA U-20 World Cup takes place in Colombia from July the 29th to August the 20th and New Zealand have been drawn in Group B with Cameroon, Portugal and Uruguay.