Bertrand Kaï

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Bertrand Kaï
Personal information
Full nameBertrand Kaï
Date of birth (1983-06-06) 6 June 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Hienghène, New Caledonia [1]
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Hienghène Sport
Number 11
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2007–2013 Hienghène Sport
2013–2014 Magenta
2014–2015 Gaïtcha
2015– Hienghène Sport
National team
2008– New Caledonia 41 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 7 June 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 July 2019

Bertrand Kaï (born 6 June 1983) is a New Caledonian international footballer who plays as a forward for Hienghène Sport and the New Caledonia national team. He is one of only two New Caledonians to be named Oceania Footballer of the Year.

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International career

Kaï made his debut for New Caledonia on 14 June 2008 in the 0–0 draw against Vanuatu. [2]

Kaï was called up to New Caledonia's squad for the 2011 Pacific Games. He was the tournament's top scorer with ten goals. Half of Kaï's goal tally for the tournament came in one match, the 9–0 win over Guam on 30 August 2011. [3] He scored all ten of his goals in the group stage before also featuring in the semi-final win over Tahiti and the 2–0 victory over the Solomon Islands in the final.

On 1 June 2012, Kaï scored a hat-trick in New Caledonia's opening game at the 2012 OFC Nations Cup, a 5–2 victory over Vanuatu. [4] He featured in both of New Caledonia's other group stage fixtures but was used sparingly in each game, being substituted at half-time in the 4–3 defeat to Tahiti on 3 June and being introduced from the bench in the second half against Samoa in a 9–0 win on 5 June. [5] [6]

On 8 June, he scored New Caledonia's first goal in a 2–0 win over New Zealand in the semi-final, helping his country to the second Nations Cup final in their history. [7] Kaï played the entirety of the final against Tahiti on 10 June but was unable to prevent a 1–0 loss as New Caledonia finished as runners-up. [8] With four goals, Kaï was the tournament's joint-third top-scorer, tied with Benjamin Totori of the Solomon Islands and Tahiti's Jonathan and Alvin Tehau. [9]

Following his showing at the 2011 Pacific Games and the 2012 OFC Nations Cup, in July 2012 the Oceania Football Confederation announced that Kaï had won the men's Oceania Footballer of the Year award, beating fellow nine fellow nominees including New Zealand's Shane Smeltz and Chris Wood, and Jean Kaltack of Vanuatu. [10] Kaï became only the second footballer from New Caledonia to win the award, following Christian Karembeu's titles in 1995 and 1998, and the first player from the Pacific Islands to be named Oceania's best player since 2005. [11] [12]

Speaking shortly after winning the award, Kaï admitted he was surprised to have beaten off such fierce competition to win the title, saying "To be honest, I couldn't believe [I had won] – it was a real surprise when it was announced. It was only afterwards that I realised what [an] honour it is to have been elected ahead of professional footballers from New Zealand, and I am very proud to have followed in the footsteps of Christian Karembeu...this trophy is also good for New Caledonia football because it shows we have talented players. I would like to thank the football family in my country because without them I could not have reached this level." [13]

In December 2012, Kaï was named New Caledonia's joint Player of the Year along with Patrick Wajoka in the inaugural Football Oscars; both attained 22.38% of the vote in national newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes. [14] Kaï was also included in the New Caledonian Football Federation's "Team of the Year". [15]

International goals

Scores and results list New Caledonia's goal tally first. [16]
NoDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.3 October 2008 Stade Marville, Saint-Malo, France Flag of Mayotte (local).svg  Mayotte 2–23–2 2008 Coupe de l'Outre-Mer
2.30 August 2011 Stade Rivière Salée, Nouméa, New Caledonia Flag of Guam.svg  Guam 1–09–0 2011 Pacific Games
3.2–0
4.3–0
5.4–0
6.9–0
7.3 September 2011Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa 1–08–0
8.2–0
9.3–0
10.6–0
11.5 September 2011Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 1–11–2
12.1 June 2012 Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara, Solomon Islands Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu 1–05–2 2012 OFC Nations Cup
13.2–1
14.4–2
15.8 June 2012Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1–02–0
16.12 September 2012 Stade Pater Te Hono Nui, Pirae, Tahiti Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 2–04–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
17.26 March 2016 Port Vila Municipal Stadium, Port Vila, Vanuatu Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu 1–01–2 Friendly
18.5 June 2016 Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 1–01–1 2016 OFC Nations Cup
19.5 October 2016Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara, Solomon IslandsFlag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 1–03–0Friendly
20.3–0
21.8 October 20161–01–0
22.8 July 2019 National Soccer Stadium, Apia Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa 2–05–0 2019 Pacific Games
23.3–0

Honours

Club

Hienghène Sport
AS Magenta

International

New Caledonia

Individual

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