Vanuatu’s national football team will travel to Europe for a month this year – and could even play a FIFA friendly there.
VFF president Lambert Matlock says the VFF Exco has approved a trip to Europe for a one-month camp in preparation for the Olympic qualification tournament and 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.
The team is expected to travel in August and could try to arrange a friendly match after the camp is held.
Coaches from Vanuatu will also travel and will attend a specialist professional clinic in the Netherlands to learn professional coaching methods.
Vanuatu are one of Oceania’s fastest improving football teams and recently was the most improved team in world football, according to FIFA rankings.
Last year it organised a friendly with European side Estonia and Matlock said: “VFF wishes to continue with such relationship as a specially project to open Vanuatu into world football not as tiny country but a big country of Football regardless its size.”
The travelling squad is expected to be made up of several players who played in the u20 FIFA World Cup in 2017 and could include the likes of midfielder Bong Kalo, strikers Tony Kaltack and Ronaldo Wilkins and defender Brian Kaltack.
Bong Kalo is expected to be in Europe where he has been playing for Swiss fifth division side Ascona. He is currently back in Vanuatu for the Oceania Champions League but is expected to return to Europe in search of a professional contract.
He could be joined by young striker Azariah Soromon. The youngster has scored four goals in three Oceania Champions League games for Nalkutan and is rumoured to be heading to Europe for trials once the tournament is over.