September 27, 2023

New Caledonia announce squad for Tahiti friendlies

National coach Thierry Sardo make one change from the preliminary squad.

National coach Thierry Sardo make one change from the preliminary squad.

New Caledonia are back in action against Tahiti, here from the friendly against Estonia (Photo credit: Alain Vartane)

New Caledonia have finalised their squad for the two friendlies against Tahiti on the 20th and 23rd of March. This will be the national team’s first outing since the 1-1 draw with Estonia in November last year.

The two friendlies will count towards FIFA Ranking points.

While Tahiti have had to find a new coach Les Cagous, the Kagu’s, has had to deal with injury problems and coach Thierry Sardo has had to make one change since calling up his preliminary squad a few weeks back.

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Hienghène Sport goalkeeper Rocky Nyikeine has had to pull out of the squad with an injury and SC Ne Drehu keeper Raymond Saihuliwa has been called up to replace him, joining Oceania Champions League representative AS Magenta’s Mickael Ulile as one of the two goalkeepers.

All in all Magenta are well represented in the squad with five players in the 20-man squad, including captain Jean Brice Wadriako and striker Richard Sele who scored twice in the group stage as Magenta were eliminated.

The full New Caledonia squad:


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