Considered by many to be amongst the brightest of Tahiti’s young brigade, Teaonui Tehau is a skillful striker who also has the ability to play in midfield. Notably, the 20-year-old was just one of a handful of players to compete in both of Tahiti’s two concluding 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers in March, despite coach Eddy Etaeta experimenting with his line-up.
Cousin to Jonathan and twins Alvin and Lorenzo Tehau, Teaonui featured prominently throughout the FIFA World Cup campaign, the second stage of which doubled as the OFC Nations Cup. Though he played in nine of Tahiti’s 11 matches overall, many of the appearances in last year’s continental success were as a substitute. He scored two goals in the Solomon Islands, netting against Samoa and Vanuatu.
The youngest Tehau is yet another veteran of Tahiti’s historic appearance at the FIFA U-20 World Cup four years ago in Egypt. Though only 17 at the time he featured in all three matches, including against Brazil 2013 opponents Spain and Nigeria.
His only domestic club had been AS Venus until this year before linking with league winners AS Dragon, where he earned invaluable experience participating in the OFC Champions League.