Simione Tamanisau

Simione Tamanisau (born 5 June 1982) is a Fijian international footballer, who plays as a goalkeeper and striker for Suva in the National Football League.

Simione Tamanisau
Personal information
Full name Simione Moci Tamanisau
Date of birth (1982-06-05) 5 June 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Tailevu, Fiji
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper / Striker[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Rewa
2005–2006 Navua
2006Nokia Eagles (loan)
2007 Rewa
2008–2009 Navua
2010–2012 Rewa
2010Hekari United (loan)
2012–2013 Lautoka
2014–2018 Rewa
2018– Suva
National team
2003–2004 Fiji U23
2003– Fiji 39 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 July 2019

Club careerEdit

Tamanisau has spent his entire domestic career so far in his native Fiji. During the 2010–11 season, Tamanisau had a loan spell in Papua New Guinea with Hekari United.[2]

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.[3]

International careerEdit

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.[4] He played another five matches in the qualification campaign for the 2006 World Cup, conceding 11 goals in total.[5] 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.[6] He was stopped at customs because his father-in-law, a military police officer, had been involved in the 2006 Fijian coup d'état.[6] 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.[7] 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.

On 16 July 2016, Tamanisau was selected by the Fiji under-23 team for the 2016 Summer Olympics as one of three overage players.[8]

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
Year Apps Goals
2003 5 0
2004 6 0
2005 2 0
2007 6 0
2008 1 0
2011 7 0
2012 3 0
2016 1 0
2017 6 0
Total 37 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rewa's FACT target". Fiji Times. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Top Fiji keeper joins Hekari". Oceania Football Confederation. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Tamanisau Strikes". Fiji Sun. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Fiji 4–2 Papua New Guinea". FIFA. 2004-05-12. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
  5. ^ Simione TamanisauFIFA competition record
  6. ^ a b "Fiji match pulled over visa row". BBC News. 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  7. ^ "New Zealand 0–2 Fiji". FIFA. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  8. ^ "U23 squad in Suva for team naming". Fiji Times. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.

External linksEdit