A bolter for Tahiti's Brazil 2013 squad, Hnanyine only made his debut this year at the somewhat advanced age of 29. It was some debut however, with the modestly-built striker coming on as a second-half substitute in a FIFA World Cup™ qualifier in March and finding the net within 11 minutes of taking the field against Solomon Islands.

With coach Eddy Etaeta adopting a rotational policy Hnanyine was, however, left out of the following match against the nation of his berth: New Caledonia.

Hnanyine arrived in Tahiti from the Melanesian nation 11 years ago at the age of 18 with football on his mind after being fortuitously spotted by Teara, a club based in the holiday centre of Moorea, a short boat trip from the main French Polynesian island.

Also capable of lining-up in the midfield, Hnanyine’s rise to prominence coincided with that of AS Dragon, where the left-footer played a key role in the club’s maiden title last season. This season, he has, like numerous Tahiti team-mates, enjoyed further international exposure with the club featuring in the OFC Champions League.