Pele FC 2005 Shefa/Laho Cup Champions

Pele FC from the Tongo Football League came out winners in the 2005 Shefa/Laho Cup tournament held on Emae Island, Shepherds Group, SHEFA Province, from 10 December to 17 December.
The beat Emae's Iwoka United through a golden goal in the second half of extra time.
Iwoka played very well and could have come out winners, but referee Alick Lukai refused to award a penalty for a handball in the area in the first half, and again disallowed a goal that was headed in by Iwoka right flanker Thomas Daniel.
The more experienced Pele FC had difficulty in breaking through the solid Iwoka defence anchored by Simo Robert playing the sweeper while Abel Graham and Morrison Roel kept the center back covered all throughout.
The two teams ended the grand final match with a nill all draw forcing the game to go into extra time. It was former Shepherds United striker Sam that broke the deadlock chipping the ball over Iwoka keeper John Ambua in the second half of extra time to end the match and give victory to his team. Final result, Pele FC 1, Iwoka Utd 0.
In their Third placing play off, the other Tongoa team, Sele United beat another Emae team Matakina FC 2 - 0 to finish third. In the final standings, Pele FC finished first place, Iwoka second, Sele third and Matakina fourth. South Epi's Naruru FC finished 5th.
South Epi will host the 2006 Shefa/Laho Cup tournament.
The 2005 tournament wans played at the new Ouchida Stadium named by the chiefs of Emae in honour of the late Henry Ouchida, a native of Emae and a major partner in Vanuatu Football. His son Gerald Ouchida was on Emae during the week of the tournament.
The President of SHEFA Province John Markal also attended the week long tournament.

Shefa/Laho Cup tournament is an annual club championship program of the Shefa Football Association jointly sponsored by Shefa Provincial Government and Laho Limited.


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