From a talented player to an iconic leader and educator, Ferrand Waneissi marked football in New Caledonia through his investment. He died of the coronavirus at the age of 61.
“The icon of the great era of AS We Luecila.” Here are some words chosen by the football federation to pay tribute to Ferrand Waneissi, this Wednesday, October 27. Because once again, the Caledonian world of the round ball loses one of its figures. A man as invested in the field as in promoting his favorite sport to young people.
Ferrand Waneissi, who died of the coronavirus at the age of 61, was from Luecila, Lifou. But it was outside of Le Caillou that he started his career. The FCF reports that he has rubbed shoulders with the professional world with Toulouse football club. And NC the 1st recalled, a year earlier her internships at the Girondins de Bordeaux or at the SCO d’Angers.
In Tahiti with AS Venus
In the eighties, the young man distinguished himself in Polynesia, within AS Venus, “stacking goals on goals in the elite Tahitian championship“Welcomes the Caledonian federation. On his return to Le Caillou, the international leads AS Luecila to the top, winning several titles including the Caledonian Cup.
“He was a reference player”, remembers Wassaumie Haudra, one of his relatives and former teammates of AS Luecila. “By his arrival in the tribe, because he came from Tahiti, the young people came to play with us and that is why the club has grown in strength.”
A club named in his honor
He was a leader, before creating the Drehu Athletico club that NC the 1st presented in this article. We note to his credit a bronze medal with the selection to the 1992 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. It was three years later that Ferrand Waneissi closed his playing career. Member of the provincial committee of the islands, or of the football district of Lifou, he inspired the futsal club FC Ferrand, so named in his honor.