|Full name||Simione Moci Tamanisau|
|Date of birth||5 June 1982|
|Place of birth||Tailevu, Fiji|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Goalkeeper / Striker|
|2006||→ Nokia Eagles (loan)|
|2010||→ Hekari United (loan)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 July 2019
He is mostly used as a goalkeeper but able to play as a striker when needed. On 19 October 2016, he scored the winning goal for Rewa in their 2-1 victory against Suva in the National Football League match.
Tamanisau earned his first call-up to the Fiji national football team in 2003, during his inaugural season. He won five caps that year. The following year, he played in his first FIFA World Cup qualifying match when he kept goal in the 4–2 victory over Papua New Guinea on 12 May 2004. He played another five matches in the qualification campaign for the 2006 World Cup, conceding 11 goals in total. He made a further two appearances for the team in 2005, and the team did not play during 2006.
During qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Tamanisau became embroiled in controversy when he was denied entry to New Zealand to play a Second Qualifying Round tie. He was stopped at customs because his father-in-law, a military police officer, had been involved in the 2006 Fijian coup d'état. The match was eventually postponed with Fiji refusing to play without their first-choice goalkeeper. On 19 November 2008, the game was played with Fiji emerging 2–0 winners. Following this match, Tamanisau spent over two years out of the Fiji team before returning to make seven more appearances for his country during 2011.
In 2019, he was selected for the 2019 Pacific Games. Fiji won a bronze medal.
International career statisticsEdit
- As of 15 December 2017
|Fiji national team|
- "Rewa's FACT target". Fiji Times. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- "Top Fiji keeper joins Hekari". Oceania Football Confederation. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- "Tamanisau Strikes". Fiji Sun. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- "Fiji 4–2 Papua New Guinea". FIFA. 2004-05-12. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
- Simione Tamanisau – FIFA competition record
- "Fiji match pulled over visa row". BBC News. 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
- "New Zealand 0–2 Fiji". FIFA. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
- "U23 squad in Suva for team naming". Fiji Times. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
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