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Tuvalu scores first goal international soccer competition

June 10, 2008

Tuvalu has scored its first goal in international soccer, competing within the Oceania confederation for the first time.

Imo Fiamalu opened the scoring for Tuvalu before two goals in three minutes by Michel Maihuri and a last minute Steven Tino goal sowed things up.

As a result, Imo Fiamalu's name will be in the history books, despite Tuvalu's defeat by Tahiti on the second day of the 2008 Futsal Oceania indoor soccer championships in Fiji.

The Oceania Football Confederation's Steve Holloway told Radio Australia Sport they have plenty to offer.

"They actually went one nil up in the second half and where unlucky to loose it," he said.

"Football is developing very fast in the Pacific, and Tuvalu will be a country to look out for."

Futsal is an indoor version of association football (soccer in North America). Its name is derived from the Portuguese futebol de salão and the Spanish fútbol sala/de salón, which can be translated as "indoor football".

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Source: ABC Australia

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