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New trophy on offer to winners

London-based luxury goods company Thomas Lyte, an industry leader in the design and creation of silver and gold trophies, was commissioned by OFC to make the first in a series of silver trophies for use in the Confederation’s wide range of competitions.
OFC General Secretary Tai Nicholas travelled to England to pick up the new Nations Cup this month and it will be competed for by eight countries – Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti and Vanuatu – during the 2012 edition of the tournament, which takes place in the Solomon Islands capital Honiara from 1 June.
The two-handled cup measures 55cm in height and took 65 hours to complete. It has been created entirely from silver plate by Thomas Lyte’s team of expert silversmiths.
The stunning trophy consists of a sphere – upon which a map of the South Pacific is engraved – and three legs, which each have a different motif pattern reflecting the Melanesian, Polynesian and Maori cultures respectively.
The plinth is made from mahogany and is stained to a rich dark finish.
The logos of OFC’s 11 member associations are engraved on the top band of the plinth while the bottom features the OFC logo and a scroll of the past Nations Cup winners.
Thomas Lyte produces a broad range of trophies and awards for a truly global client base and has vast experience in the football realm having worked with US Soccer and the MLS in the United States as well as the FA and Premier League in Britain. It is also a major supplier to the Asian Football Confederation.