This December, ASAF, a women’s football club based in Nouméa, New Caledonia, secured their place as one of the most successful women’s clubs in 2020 with the senior women’s cup title.
The club beat Païta FC 4-2 in the final to add the Provincial Southern Committee Cup to the 8-a-Side Championship, the 11-a-side Championship titles.
It was a tough final for Coralie Bretegnier’s charges, with Païta proving a more than worthy opponents. However, ASAF capitalised on their strengths to ensure a satisfactory end to the 2020 season.
“We were a little under par for the final,” said Bretegnier.
“But in the end the result is there, against a team from Païta which was incredibly motivated and driven. Our attacking strength ended up being the difference, even with the missing players and a game plan which had to be reshuffled to three in defence.”
ASAF were without their usual captain, youth international Edsy Matao, which left them lacking a little in front according to the coach.
“We missed a lot of chances, one’s we’d normally score, but I congratulate all my players for a great season.”
17-year-old Ashley Gowet scored a brace while legendary former international Christelle Wahnawe was also on the scoreboard along with Alice Wenessia.
In the U-18 final, Païta hoped they might take some silverware but were seen off in the 8-a-Side competition by Olympique de Nouméa.
Made up largely of students from the sports section of Lycée do Kamo, Olympique were 2-1 victors of a well disputed final.