Victory at Last for American Samoa


International Football’s worst team, American Samoa, recorded their first ever Fifa sanctioned win last with a 2-1 victory against neighbours Tonga. Like their 31-0 demolition by Australia in 2001’s record setting goal fest, American Samoa coach Thomas Rongen believes that this victory is going to be a part of football history. Having never scored a goal in World Cup qualifying, Ramin Ott and Kaneti Falela put that record to rest with two fantastic goals by way of a 40 yard strike a neatly taken lob. Although Tonga did create a scare with two minutes remaining, as Unaloto Faeo reduced the deficit with a headed goal, brave defending kept the score at 2-1 until the final whistle and American Samoa completed an incredibly unexpected victory. With over half the squad not attached to clubs, this is a victory that will be remembered by the players and fans for a long time to come.


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