The Oceania Football Confederation have named New Zealand duo Ryan Nelsen and Ali Riley as their players of 2010.
The OFC O-League commences this weekend with most clubs in the field strengthening as they look to claim the crown won in stunning fashion last year by Papua New Guinea’s Hekari United.
The long road to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa commenced nearly three years ago in the Pacific Island nation of Samoa.
Global qualifying for South Africa 2010 commenced in the Oceania zone in mid-2007 and culminated over two years later as New Zealand qualified.
New Zealand may have already secured a playoff spot for South Africa 2010, but they produced the goods once again against New Caledonia.
New Caledonia have broken into the top 100 on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for the first time, just in time for a crucial qualifying tie.