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Kai helps Magenta

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, April 14, 2014

2011 Oceania Football Confederation player of the year Bertrand Kai starred for AS Magenta in their 3-1 win against Tafea FC at Govind Park in Ba yesterday.

Kai, the prolific striker, scored a goal and set up another in the encounter.

The 30-year-old is one of New Caledonia's top players having won the golden boot award at the 2011 Pacific Games.

Tafea FC needed a win in the match to keep their semi-final hopes alive but fell back when Bill Nicholls found the net in the 30th minute.

Kai got the second on the stroke of halftime.

Tafea FC pulled one back in the 63rd minute through Bong Kalo.

Replacement Kilaje Gnipate sealed the win for the New Caledonians in the 81st minute.

Tafea FC coach Moise Poida said inexperience was their downfall in the tournament.

"I don't blame my boys because the level of competition is too high," he said.

"For us we came to play our style of football. We have a young side and there is a bright future for them. This tournament was a learning experience for the players. Maybe the next time we come, we will do better."

Poida said the logistics also affected their performance.

"One thing is that we stayed far away from Ba and all of our game was at 1pm," he said.

"So we had to wake up early all the time. We had breakfast at 6.30am and then light lunch at 9am. Then we boarded the bus to Ba. By the time the boys reached the ground they were sleepy, there was lack of concentration and motivation. Those are some of the factors that affected our performance."

Tafea FC: Seloni Iaruel, Lucien Hinge, Freddy Vava, Jaycen Botleng, Jonah Turu, Bong Kalo, Dalong Damalip, Joseph Namariau, Joses Nawa, Winjo William, Jacques Wanemut.

AS Magenta: Jelen Ixoee, Loic Wakanumune, Ludovic Wakanumune, Sedrick Sansot, Bill Nicholls, Pierre Wajoka, Bertrand Kai, Jeremie Dokunengo, Olivier Dokunengo, Leopold Makalu, Benjamin Bernard-Herve.

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