In 2016, when she was 15 years old, Jackie Pahoa made her entrance on the regional stage at the OFC U-17 Women’s Championship.

Not only did she net six goals in five games, her first international goal came just three minutes into New Caledonia’s match against Tonga. Since then, Pahoa has continued to show composure beyond her years notching up four goals in seven matches at senior level.

The football journey for Pahoa began nearby her St Louis tribe at AS Mont Dore, where she honed her skills mixing in with the club’s boys’ teams.

Eventually moving across to the women’s game, Pahoa joined up-and-coming club AS Academy Feminine under the watch of Coralie Bretagnier and New Caledonia legend Christelle Wahnawe.

At club level Pahoa is even more prolific than she has been for the national team, and given she’s yet to hit 20, we can expect plenty more to come from this young talent.

Since I was little, my first passion has always been football, that’s all I did, I played when I was eating, I even slept with a football!