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Azariah Soromon lives up to expectations

Dubbed as the ‘Wonderkid’ in Vanuatu, Azariah Soromon did not disappoint Vanuatu football fans as he continues his fine form in front of goal at the OFC Men’s Olympic Qualifiers on match-day one against Papua New Guinea. 

Soromon was the star of the crucial win against Melanesian rivals Papua New Guinea scoring a brace in the process.

“Firstly, I want to thank God for the victory, recalling back on my performance I just played according to what my coach told me to do,” he said.

“I just want to also thank my teammates for helping me scoring the two goals.”

The 19-year-old made his name in the Pacific Mini Games on home soil in 2017 when he scored six goals and finished second in the top goal scorers list to help Vanuatu to a gold medal in the men’s football competition.

His stellar performances with the national team led to a move abroad to New Zealand last year to play for Havelock North in the winter league and Southern United in the 2018 ISPS Handa Premiership.

“I started playing futsal from an early age, moved up to the premier league for one season then I got a contract in New Zealand to play in the winter season and the summer season with Southern United,” Soromon revealed.

With vast experience playing for his national side, Soromon is a familiar face in the Oceania football scene adding 12 caps to his name.

The striker is switching his attention to the Olympic qualifiers in Lautoka as Vanuatu  targets a semi-final spot.

‘I went back home to play in the Port Vila league and I am glad they have selected me for the U-23s.

“I think for this tournament we are ready and I have full trust in the team that we will make it to the next stage.”




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