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Tonga national football team

The Tonga national football team is the national team of Tonga and is controlled by the Tonga Football Association.

Tonga
AssociationTonga Football Association
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachTimote Moleni
Most capsKilifi Uele (24)
Top scorerUnaloto Feao (7)
Home stadiumLoto-Tonga Soka Centre
FIFA codeTGA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 204 Increase 1 (24 October 2019)[1]
Highest163 (October 1998)
Lowest207 (April 2018, July 2019)
Elo ranking
Current 235 Decrease 1 (18 October 2019)[2]
Highest180 (August 1979)
Lowest235 (September 2019)
First international
France Tahiti 8–0 Tonga Tonga
(Fiji; 29 August 1979)
Biggest win
Tonga Tonga 7–0 Micronesia 
(Fiji; 5 July 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Australia 22–0 Tonga Tonga
(Coffs Harbour, Australia; 9 April 2001)

InformationEdit

Football in TongaEdit

Tonga's greatest football triumph to date was their triumph in the first ever Polynesian Cup held in 1993 over Samoa and the Cook Islands. Although local players have not yet made their mark on big leagues abroad, the Chief Executive of the Tonga Football Association, Joe Topou, was appointed to the FIFA Executive Committee in 2002.

The second Goal projectEdit

Tonga's second Goal project will develop and improve the national football academy and the associations headquarters in Atele, Tongatapu, which was built in the country's first Goal project. This development work will ensure that all of the Tonga Football Associations needs are fully satisfied. Local matches will be held at the football academy, while the administration's requirements, including the needs of players, officials and spectators, will also be covered. The football school will be transformed into a House of Football.

Competitive recordEdit

World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to
  1994
Did not enter Did not enter
  1998 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 3 13
    2002 4 2 0 2 7 30
  2006 4 1 0 3 2 17
  2010 4 1 0 3 6 10
  2014 3 1 1 1 4 4
  2018 3 0 0 3 1 8
  2022 To be determined
      2026
Total - 0/21 - - - - - - 22 7 1 14 23 82

OFC Nations CupEdit

Tonga's OFC Nations Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1973 Did not enter
  1980
1996 Did not qualify
  1998
  2000
  2002
  2004
2008
  2012
  2016
Total 0/10 0 0 0 0 0 0

Pacific GamesEdit

Pacific Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1963 Did not enter
  1966
  1969
  1971
  1975
  1979 Group Stage 9th 2 0 0 2 3 13
  1983 Group Stage 7th 3 1 1 1 6 8
  1987 Did not enter
  1991
  1995
  2003 Group Stage 7th 4 1 1 2 9 10
  2007 Group Stage 7th 4 1 0 3 6 10
  2011 Did not enter
  2015
Total 4/14 7th 13 3 2 9 24 41

Fixtures and resultsEdit

2017Edit

2019Edit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2019 Pacific Games from 7–20 July in Apia, Samoa
Caps and goals updated as of 18 July 2019, after the game against Papua New Guinea.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mahe Malafu (1998-02-24) 24 February 1998 (age 21) 8 0   Veitongo
20 1GK Sinilau Taufa (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 24) 3 0   Lotohaʻapai United
21 1GK David Anau (1999-06-04) 4 June 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Lotohaʻapai United

2 2DF Ofaloto Kite (2000-04-26) 26 April 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Veitongo
4 2DF Siuloa Fahina (1994-04-01) 1 April 1994 (age 25) 9 0  
5 2DF Timote Fakasi'i'eiki (1997-04-30) 30 April 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Lotohaʻapai United
8 2DF Sione Uhatahi (captain) (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 31) 15 1   Lotohaʻapai United
12 2DF Semisi Otukolo (1999-06-23) 23 June 1999 (age 20) 6 0   Lotohaʻapai United
14 2DF Sitaleki Fisi (2000-02-11) 11 February 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Lotohaʻapai United

3 3MF Pita Huni (2001-02-25) 25 February 2001 (age 18) 4 0   Lotohaʻapai United
6 3MF Kamaliele Papani (1985-04-08) 8 April 1985 (age 34) 12 0   Lotohaʻapai United
7 3MF Vai Lutu (1999-09-30) 30 September 1999 (age 20) 9 0   Lotohaʻapai United
11 3MF Tuia Falepapalangi (2000-07-15) 15 July 2000 (age 19) 4 0   Lotohaʻapai United
13 3MF Laulea Taufa (1999-07-14) 14 July 1999 (age 20) 9 0   Lotohaʻapai United
17 3MF Fineasi Palei (1989-06-23) 23 June 1989 (age 30) 10 0   Marist
18 3MF Petueli Tokotaha (2000-09-10) 10 September 2000 (age 19) 3 2   Haʻamoko United Youth

9 4FW Sioeli Fakahafua (2000-07-18) 18 July 2000 (age 19) 3 0  
10 4FW Hemaloto Polovili (1997-07-27) 27 July 1997 (age 22) 12 1   Lotohaʻapai United
15 4FW Lachman Atoa (1998-12-05) 5 December 1998 (age 20) 4 0  
16 4FW Lafaele Moala (1982-07-22) 22 July 1982 (age 37) 16 1   Veitongo

2017 squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games from 2 to 15 December.
Caps and goals updated as of 15 December 2017, after the game against Tuvalu.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mahe Malafu (1998-02-24) 24 February 1998 (age 21) 4 0   Veitongo
18 1GK Semisi Otukolo (1999-06-23) 23 June 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Lotohaʻapai United

2 2DF Sione Uhatahi (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 31) 10 1   Lotohaʻapai United
3 2DF Lotima Taufoou (1984-08-24) 24 August 1984 (age 35) 9 0
4 2DF Siuloa Fahina (1994-04-01) 1 April 1994 (age 25) 5 0
5 2DF Ilalio Leakona (1981-01-14) 14 January 1981 (age 38) 9 0   Veitongo
6 2DF Tevita Vakatapu (1999-12-02) 2 December 1999 (age 19) 4 0   Veitongo
8 2DF Sione Tuifangaloka (1999-04-24) 24 April 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Veitongo

7 3MF Vai Lutu (1999-09-30) 30 September 1999 (age 20) 5 0   Lotohaʻapai United
11 3MF Aisea Muli (1998-10-17) 17 October 1998 (age 21) 2 0
12 3MF Kilifi Uele (1974-11-14) 14 November 1974 (age 44) 24 2   Veitongo
13 3MF Laulea Taufa (1999-07-14) 14 July 1999 (age 20) 5 0   Lotohaʻapai United
15 3MF Unaloto Feao (1982-01-16) 16 January 1982 (age 37) 17 7
16 3MF Petueli Tokotaha (2000-09-10) 10 September 2000 (age 19) 3 2   Haʻamoko United Youth

9 4FW Soakai Vea (1998-07-19) 19 July 1998 (age 21) 8 0   Lotohaʻapai United
10 4FW Hemaloto Polovili (1997-07-27) 27 July 1997 (age 22) 8 1   Lotohaʻapai United
17 4FW Tevita Tukimaka (1998-11-15) 15 November 1998 (age 20) 4 0

List of CoachesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.