Commins Menapi

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Commins Menapi
Personal information
Full name Commins Menapi
Date of birth (1977-09-18)18 September 1977
Place of birth Lata, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands[1]
Date of death 18 November 2017(2017-11-18) (aged 40)
Place of death Honiara, Solomon Islands
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Marist 8 (15)
1999–2000 Nelson Suburbs 3 (0)
2000–2003 Sydney United 66 (19)
2003 Marist 0 (0)
2004–2006 JP Su'uria 0 (0)
2006–2007 YoungHeart Manawatu 21 (12)
2007–2008 Waitakere United 39 (21)
2008–2010 Marist
2011 Bundaberg Spirit
2012–2013 Marist
2013 Western United
National team
2000–2009 Solomon Islands 37 (34)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 August 2009
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 August 2009

Commins Menapi (18 September 1977 – 18 November 2017) was a Solomon Islands striker, who was last the manager of Western United. He guided them to their first and only Telekom S league title season 2014/2015.

Club career[edit]

He played for YoungHeart Manawatu in New Zealand, Sydney United of the old National Soccer League in Australia and for Marist FC, a club from the Solomon Islands.

In the 2006–2007 season, he became the first player to be sent off in a New Zealand Football Championship Grand Final with a nasty studs up kick on Auckland City defender Riki van Steeden. Van Steeden's leg was broken in the incident and Waitakere United lost the final 3–2 however, he would not be suspended for the OFC Champions League final against Ba F.C. because of the OFC and New Zealand Football being two separate organisations. Commins rejoined Solomon Islands team Marist FC[2][3] after a period spent as a free agent.

International career[edit]

He represented the Solomon Islands national football team on over 30 occasions, scoring a record 34 goals (including 7 against non-FIFA members). Menapi was arguably the most famous Solomon Islands footballer, after scoring twice for his country against Australia in a sensational 2–2 draw in the Oceania Nations Cup group match in 2004; the result was the only game in the competition that Australia did not win, and the result also ensured Solomon Islands' progression to the next phase at the expense of New Zealand. In that tournament, Menapi scored four goals in six games.[4]

Death[edit]

Menapi died in Honiara in November 2017 at the age of 40, in the early hours of the day, of undisclosed cause.[5]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soccer: Wisdom of Solomon to help with scoring goals". The New Zealand Herald. 2 October 2006. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  2. ^ Article about Solomon Islands football Archived 5 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Commins Menapi interviewed by Vanuafoot.com
  4. ^ Commins Menapi - International Goals - RSSSF
  5. ^ https://www.oceaniafootball.com/vale-commins-menapi/