Regardless of what happens during the remainder of his career Steevy Chong-Hue will always be remembered for the goal which sent Tahiti shooting to barely conceivable heights. On 10 June last year in Solomon Islands’ Lawson Tama Stadium, Chong-Hue collected the ball at the back post, created a yard of space and coolly slotted home ten minutes into the OFC Nations Cup final against New Caledonia. It proved to be the winner and a career-defining moment as Tahiti secured a maiden Oceania crown and with it, a place at the Festival of Champions in Brazil.
Chong-Hue also featured prominently at Tahiti’s other breakthrough achievement of modern times; qualification for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The striker, like several other current team-mates, played all three matches at Egypt 2009.
Few if any of the combatants at Brazil 2013 will have made a more circuitous journey to the world stage than the 23-year-old. Indeed, Chong-Hue is the only local player on the Tahitian roster that was born away from the main island in French Polynesia. Born and raised in Raiatea, an island of just 12,000 inhabitants located 200 kilometres away from Papeete, Chong-Hue made the move to the capital for football when he was 17.
Now with three years senior international experience under his belt, Chong-Hue firstly featured at the 2011 Pacific Games, and played in eight of 11 Tahiti’s matches during the current 2014 FIFA World Cup™ cycle, a period which encompassed the 2012 OFC Nations Cup.
Of Chinese extraction from several generations past, Chong-Hue had a brief spell in Belgium’s lower leagues. He returned home last year and appropriately enough now turns out in the colours of Tahitian champions AS Dragon, a club initially set-up to cater for French Polynesia's Chinese diaspora.
Speed off the mark and close ball control make Chong-Hue an important performer for both club and country.