All Whites skipper Liberato Cacace named best player at OFC Men’s Nations Cup

New Zealand captain Liberato Cacace has been awarded the Golden Ball after being named the most valuable player at the 2024 OFC Men’s Nations Cup in Vanuatu.

Cacace was judged to be the tournament’s best player after he led the All Whites to their sixth OFC Men’s Nations Cup, beating hosts Vanuatu 3-0 in the final.

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During the tournament, New Zealand scored 15 goals and conceded none.

Goalkeeper Max Crocombe was awarded the tournament’s Golden Glove.

Fiji captain Roy Krishna was the tournament’s leading goalscorer and won the Golden Boot award.

Main photo: New Zealand celebrate with their OFC Men’s Nations Cup trophy at VFF Freshwater Stadium, Port Vila. Photo credit: OFC Media / Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

Award winners

Max Crocombe … best goalkeeper. Photo credit: OFC Media / Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Liberato Cacace … best player. Photo credit: OFC Media / Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Roy Krishna … top goalscorer. Photo credit: OFC Media / Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

Coach Darren Bazeley interview

After the final, New Zealand head coach Darren Bazeley gave the following interview to OFC Media:

New Zealand’s results

Game played on Sunday June 30, 2024


New Zealand 3 (Cam Howieson 2′, Jesse Randall 83′, Max Mata 90+3′)
Vanuatu 0

Game played on Thursday June 27, 2024


New Zealand 5 (Finn Surman 7′, Ben Waine 45′, 53′, Kosta Barbarouses 45+3′, 72′)
Tahiti 0

Game played on Friday June 21, 2024

Group A

New Zealand 4 (Max Mata 10′, own goal 26′, Elijah Just 63′, Ben Old 77′)
Vanuatu 0

Game played on Tuesday June 18, 2024

Group A

New Zealand 3 (Ben Waine 6′, 11′, Kosta Barbarouses 45+4′)
Solomon Islands 0

This story was first published on July 1, 2024.

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