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Hot shot nets player award

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Hot shot striker Jean-Phillipe Fizine Saiko is New Caledonia's Player of the Season for 2013 following the French Overseas Territories annual awards.

Saiko, who bagged 25 goals for Gaitcha in the Super League, secured 38.57per cent of the votes with Team Wellington's Roy Kayara finishing runner-up with 32.85 per cent.

Bertrand Kai, a one-time OFC Player of the Year, was a distant third notching 15.35per cent with Jacques Haeko fourth on 13.21per cent.

Saiko is elevated to a title last won by Kai and Patrick Wajoka.

An explosively fast, physical, striker, and at just 23 years of age, Saiko has his best years in front of him.

And while New Caledonia's solid showing at the OFC Nations Cup and FIFA World Cup Oceanian Qualifying are but fading memories, Saqiko may already be earmarked as a vital cog in the Les Cagous side aiming for the next World Cup qualifiers on the Road to Russia 2018.

One former Les Cagous legend, Pierre Wajoka, recognised Saiko's qualities and worked hard to bring him to Gaitcha where the young striker flourished.

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