Geoffrey Gete named U20 Captain
He was captain of the national Under 16 team that finished second to Australia in the 2001 Pacific Cup tournament in Australia, and the national Under 17 team that again only lost to Australia in the world cup qualifying tournament in Australia's Gold Coast in 2002, and on Monday 17 January National Coach Carlos Buzzetti, named yet again, Geoffrey Gete, Captain of the national Under 20 team that left Port Vila on Thursday 20 January to the Oceania Under 20 World Cup tournament in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Gete whom Carlos often referred to as one of the tigers in his center back has gain quite a vast experience in international competition, both at junior and senior levels. He was part of the Olympic Team in early 2004, and the national World Cup team that finished top of the group in the first play off in Samoa, and later on travelled to Australia.
After reading the out the final 20 man list that made it through out of twenty five players, Carlos went on to name Georffrey Gete and Marco Mahe and the Captain and Vice Captain respectively.
"I know I was a little disappointed during the Under 17 tournament, but when we started training right from the beginning, they (Geoffrey and Marco) were the two that came out with a positive approach encouraging their team mates during training sessions", Carlos explained.
"Also I think they are the most experienced in the squad having represented the country at not only junior level but also in senior level.... and they both play for Tafea Football Club which is one of the top teams in the Port Vila League, so we are confident they would make good leaders for the whole squad", he said.
Most of those in the final team were the original players of the last Under 17 squad, except Darren Tasso and Adolphe Bani who have dropped into the Standby Players' list. Ray Shem Vire, Andres (Kalfau) Carlot, Joe Judy and Under 17 striker Musa Sam were the new comers that had to be placed on standby.
Those making their debut in international football include Lele Utissets, Simeon Farro (second keeper), George Tabe and Under 17 striker Joseph Namariau.
Meanwhile an offshore company interested in investing in Vanuatu has made its mark confirming its seriousness in doing business in the country by donating 'T' shirts bearing its logo to the squad. The Australian Pacific International Limited was represented by local FIFA referee Harry Atisson to hand over the set of T-shirts that will be worn by both the players and their officials.
Harry explained that he was representing the Director/Chief Executive Officer of API, Mr. Paul A. Lewis, who was not in the country country.
"Mr. Lewis says he is sorry not to be able to hand over the shirts to you personally, but he wants me to convey his best wishes to the team and he hopes they do well in Honiara", Harry declared.
Harry told the players and officials however that Mr. Lewis who has a major investment in forestry in the Solomon Islands would be travelling to Honiara during the tournament. He assured that five of his company representatives would be wearing the same T-shirt to go and meet the team.
Vanuatu will play their first match in the tournament this Saturday 22 January against Tonga.
Vanuatu U20 Team:-
1. Charlie Kalnasei
2. Richard Karae
3. Roger Joe
4. Geoffrey Gete (Captain)
5. Rexly Tarivuti
6. Esau Luke
7. John Alick Harry
8. Charlie Ligo
9. Marco Mahe (Vice Captain)
10. Manuel Peter
11. Alick Ismael
12. Sylverstone Kanegai
13. Fabrice Samson
14. Peter Raul
15. George Tabe
16. Joseph Namariau
17. Jean Emmanuel Maleb
18. Lele Utissets
19. John Mark Bell Simeon
20. Simeon Farro
Last Modified on 21/01/2005 00:03