2016 was quite the year for Micah Lea’alafa. The Auckland City and Solomon Islands star competed in a staggering three major FIFA COINS tournaments on three different continents for club and country.
As well as featuring in Oceania FIFA World Cup qualifying for Buy Fifa 17 Coins the first time with Solomon Islands – a cluster of 900 individual islands to the north east of Australia – Lea’alafa took to the courts of Bucaramanga and Medellin at the 2016 Futsal World Cup, donning his national team colours once more as Kurukuru bowed out at the group stage in Colombia.
A shy and unassuming person, but someone who plays the game with high intensity and passion, the forward’s memorable year concluded at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup Japan, coming on as substitute as Auckland City suffered a slender 2-1 defeat to eventual finalists Kashima Antlers.
“2016 was a very interesting year juggling between the different codes of football and futsal,” said Lea’alafa, in conversation with MMO4PAL.com. “As always, it’s an honour to play for your country – whether it’s futsal or World Cup qualifiers. And then to play a second time at the FIFA Club World Cup, it was a huge honour.”
National service and familiar faces
Renowned in Oceania for his lightning-quick pace, Lea’alafa made his senior football international debut in a 2-0 friendly victory against Papua New Guinea, before appearing in May’s OFC Nations Cup. The 25-year-old played every minute for Solomon Islands in the continental competition, which also serves as the second round of Oceania World Cup qualifying, as the Bonitos bowed out at the semi-final stage.
“I honestly didn’t expect to be playing for the national football team; my focus for Solomon Islands was on futsal,” said Lea’alafa, who is also effective on the wing and attacking midfield. “But to now be playing for the senior national football side, it’s a wonderful opportunity.
“I really enjoyed the experience of playing at the OFC Nations Cup and it was interesting for me because I was playing under Moses Toata, who was the manager at my previous club Solomon Warriors, and Moses’ assistant was Ramon Tribulietx, my current coach at Auckland City. I found the style interesting and I enjoyed playing under both.”
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