Kai, who last won this award in 2012, and Hienghène not only dominated the domestic scene, winning the Coupe de Caledonie and finishing top of the Super Ligue on the field, but they also challenged hard in Round 7 of the Coupe de France and came close to beating their third division opponent.
While the side must wait to find out whether they will in fact take out the national league title, with penalty points yet to be deducted by the federation, Hienghène have dominated the “Oscars du Foot calédonien”.
Kai beat out the Super League’s joint top-scorer Fabio Kela in the voting to take out the Player of the Year award while Felix Tagawa picked up the Coach of the Year award.
Super Ligue and PHGT coaches, members of the Federal Council, LNC sports journalists and the FCF technical department and media officer all voted in the coaches category, with Tagawa winning out over Jean-Michel Nemia of ES Wacaelé, Alain Moizan of AS Magenta, and FC Gaitcha’s Kevin Coma.
Elected Best Youngster of the Year was 23-year-old Nemia Nemia of ES Wacaelé.
Awards were also handed out for futsal specifically with national team star Loic Caunes of ESH picking up Player of the Year. Olympique Futsal goalkeeper and Caunes national teammate Ronan Euzen picked up Goalkeeper of the Year while Best Youngster went to Jean-Michel Poadae.
Under the referee category, best referee went to Fabrice Cambrin while FIFA assistant referee Bertrand Brial was awarded best assistant. Joseph Dinne was recognised for being the most available referee.
The Trophées d’Honneur FCF for National Teams went to the two sides who brought home medals from the XV Pacific Games in July.
The gold medal winning men’s U-23 were recognised as were the women’s side who picked up the silver medal.
In grassroots football, the football schools associated with AS Mont-Dore, ASC Boulouparis, AS Wetr and AS Magenta were recognised for their commitment to football development.
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