As part of Malapoa College Golden Jubilee celebrations, the Committee included as part of the 1 week program a curtain raiser soccer game on 3 August 2016 between ex-Malapoa College students.
Prior to the second leg final of the Malapoa College Cup between Erakor Golden Star and Ifira Black Bird.
Despite a last minute arrangement, around 40 ex-Malapoa College students participated in the trainings and the actual curtain raiser game itself. It was indeed an honor and a privilege for those ex-Malapoa College students to participate in such a historic event. It was a fun day for everyone, who enjoyed the afternoon.
On Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 4pm, those ex-Malapoa College students donated the following items to Malapoa College as a token of their heartfelt thanks to the college for the honor, respect and opportunity that was given to them to participate in the curtain raiser game:
• Two sets of uniforms;
• Four soccer balls;
• Secured sponsorship of two new desk top computers;
• A framed photo of the two teams; and
• Cash donation of VT114,500.
The ex-Malapoa College students wish to thank the following sponsors for their contributions towards the curtain raiser game:
• Audit, Assistance Juridique, Comptabilite et Conseil;
• Bank of South Pacific;
• Port Vila hardware; and
• Colorite Graphics Printing & Stationary Supplies & Promotional Products.
Meanwhile the former Vanuatu Football Federation Secretary and now VASANOC CEO Henry Tavoa who was one of those on the ex-Malapoa College soccer match at the Port Vila Stadium has said people who may have found that match amusing and entertaining may not have realized that on the field that day were players who had played for Vanuatu in various international and regional soccer tournaments.
“In fact 12 of the players in the game have represented Vanuatu in football in Senior and or Junior National Teams.” Tavoa says.
Charles Vatu who scored Vanuatu’s first World Cup match goal against New Zealand at the Port Vila Stadium on that memorable 27th day of June 1992, was watching his former school mates from the bench.
All time master of midfield Noel Vari led the all blacks team that won the match thanks to the still brilliant goalkeeping skills of Ivan.
Story by RN.