Host team knocks PNG out


With an absolute showdown against the big crowd at the Port Villa stadium, the U20 men fail to make it through as they go down against the favorites on their home soil under a spot of rain that made the pitch a bit greasy underfoot.

Regardless of the weather, PNG made their first attempt seven minutes into the game when Alu AWI tries his luck from a very tight angle but can't beat Vanuatu’s goalkeeper Willy Dick was too good for the shot.

After several attempts nothing separating the sides as they went into the break scoreless.

Semi-finals within reach for Group A pair in OFC U 20 Championship

New Caledonia topped the pool by defeating Papua New Guinea 4-1, while Vanuatu edged defending champions Fiji 1-0 in the other match on Saturday and should they both win again against Fiji and Papua New Guinea respectively they would wrap up the top two places with a game to spare.

Confirming a place in the final four of the eight nation is a step closer to qualifying for next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup, which for the first time welcomes two teams from the OFC qualifying tournament, specifically the winners of each semi-final.

​ PNG U20 men’s team to play Vanuatu

This will be their chance to get their campaign back on track after going down to New Caledonia 4-1 on Saturday.

Coach Peter Gunemba is taking confidence from their first half effort against their game with New Caledonia on the weekend as he calls for greater concentration from his players to convert a winning position into three points if they get the opportunity.

“Perhaps in the first half of the game with New Caledonia the players were too confident and thought the game was won after scoring the first goal to lead 1-0 at break,” Gunemba said.

Mini Games in Vanuatu on track

RNZ reports the assurance was given by China's ambassador to Vanuatu, Liu Quan, when he met the prime minister Charlot Salwai, the minister of sports Jack Norris and senior government officials at the construction site.

Mr Salwai's delegation heard from the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) construction company that work will be completed in October next year.

Currently, the CCECC employs 30 ni-Vanuatu but the number is expected to reach 80.

Pacific 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off Vanuatu

The US Geological Survey said the quake was 535km (330 miles) southeast of Vanuatu island.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a local tsunami warning for areas close to the earthquake, though this was later cancelled.

There were no initial reports of damage or casualties.

Quakes are fairly common in the region. Two similar sized tremors last October and December caused no damage.

Friday's quake initially registered with a magnitude of 7.6 but was later downgraded. It was measured at a depth of about 10km.

SI, Vanuatu, FLNKS, ULMWP maintain support on West Papua

They are also in support of full membership of ULMWP to the Melanesian Spearhead Group .

The MSG members said they are committed to advocating for West Papua and strongly adhere to the principles that are at the core of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, which is the ‘Political aspirations of self- determination of our Melanesian people.’

There is recognition that such a commitment will require bold and ethical leadership and a clear understanding of our Melanesian values.

2017 Mini Games in Vanuatu on track following govt assurances

Two weeks ago, VASANOC said it would ask the Council to withdraw the 2017 Games from Vanuatu if urgent action by the Government was not taken to release promised funding.

The President of the Pacific Games Council, Vidhya Lakhan, said all parties are now on the same page.

MSG differences sorted, PNG to host MSG Leaders meeting

During their meeting, Prime Minister Sogavare expressed appreciation on behalf of the government and people of Solomon Islands to the Government and people of Vanuatu for backing Solomon Islands bid to host the 2023 Pacific Games.

He said with the support of Vanuatu, the other two MSG Member countries, Partners to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) from the Micronesian region and a few Polynesian countries, Solomon Islands successfully secured the hosting right for the regional games in 2023.

Vanuatu Government commits to hosting Pacific Mini Games in 2017

This was announced by Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas during the opening the Pacific Games Council’s (PGC) General Assembly in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

“My government is committed to be the host of this important event and it is also important especially for the young generations,” he said.

Trespass allegation in Vanuatu over South Korean reality TV show

The Vanuatu Daily Post reported SBS Korea and AHTV China were filming a South Korean reality show, Laws of the Jungle, on Malotina, near Malo Island in Santo.

Tony Moli Hakwa, as the spokesperson for the registered lessees, said they were not consulted and not offered anything by the film crew.

They demanded the funds from the Vanuatu Tourism Office, and asked for the footage to be seized.