Nauti F.C.

Nauti FC is a Tuvalu football club from Funafuti, playing in the Tuvalu A-Division.

Nauti FC
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Full nameNauti Football Club
Founded1980
GroundTuvalu Sports Ground,
Funafuti, Tuvalu
Capacity1,500
ChairmanPatoa Lauti
CoachAso Tapumanaia
LeagueTuvalu A-Division
20141st

The team's home ground is the Tuvalu Sports Ground, the only football field in Tuvalu. Nauti is one of the most successful teams in Tuvalu, with the most trophies of all the nations teams. Nauti plays on an amateur level, as do all the teams in Tuvalu. They also have a reserve squad and a women's team.

HistoryEdit

Nauti was founded in 1980, under the name Combined Devils. The name was initiated by Mr Igatia Talesi. In 1976, he started a mixed team of men from Funafuti and other Tuvalu Islands with the name Combined Devils.

It was in 1980, that Nauti/Combined Devils was officially recognised as the Funafuti Soccer Team. The team's first red uniform was sponsored by his Excellency the Right Hon. Kamuta Latasi. Years later, the team is still using the red color uniforms, the patterns varies but remains red and white. Nauti won the independence Cup in 1988, it was the first prize won by the team and also in 1990 and 1999. In 2001 the name of the team was changed into Nauti FC.

During 1980–1990 the team was never defeated by Vaitupu, Nukulaelae, Naumaga, Nui or the Tuvalu police Team. It was only defeated once by Nukufetau (penalty kicks in 1982) once by Nanumea and once by Nuitao (Knock out tournaments). In the League Tournament Nauti was never defeated in the period 1980–1990. In 1991 the airfield was tar-sealed and soccer tournaments in the capital Funafuti came to a standstill. Soccer games were first played again in 1997.

Nauti played several finales for the Independence Cup. They won the cup in 2003, 2008 and 2009. Nauti is the most successful club in Tuvalu, having won the most titles in the Tuvalu A-Division of all the teams in Tuvalu. The Tuvalu A-Division was formed in 2001. Nauti won their first A-Division title in 2005. From 2007 on they won the league seven times in a row. 2009 was the most successful year for Nauti FC, winning a total of three trophy's.[1]

 
Nauti FC

Current squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   TUV Jay Timo (vice-captain)
2 DF   TUV Taulau Loto
3 DF   TUV Puleuta Satalaka
4 MF   TUV Tapeni Letueti
5 DF   TUV Kalamelu Papamau
6 DF   TUV Paulo Satalaka
7 MF   TUV Sosene Vailine
8 FW   TUV Sili Fakasega
9 MF   TUV Paulo Loto
10 MF   TUV Jeff Logo
No. Pos. Nation Player
11 FW   TUV Taufaiva Ionatana
12 FW   TUV Feleti Sente
13 MF   TUV Afele Valoa (captain)
14 FW   TUV Jeff Iefata
15 DF   TUV John Tevesi
16 MF   TUV Maleko Heiloa
17 DF   TUV Katesa Pole
18 DF   TUV Manao Manao

Nauti BEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   TUV Lomisia Lota
DF   TUV Josh Tui
DF   TUV Magaono Panapa
DF   TUV Jeff Melo
DF   TUV Kaunatu Kilisi
MF   TUV Julie Niu
MF   TUV Pouesi Kofe
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   TUV Vaiuuli Pelekata
FW   TUV Joe Ioelu
FW   TUV Paul Driessen
FW   TUV Norm Tufa
FW   TUV Tanelua Kausea

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

CupEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Competition A-Men". TNFA. 4 April 2013. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2013.

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