Solomon Islands 2021-22 Home (LEA'ALAFA #9) Jersey/Shirt
This is a UCAN Sports Solomon Islands national team 2021-22 home jersey featuring the name and number of star midfielder Micah Lea'alafa.
Micah Lea'alafa is one of the greatest players in the history of Solomon Islands football, with the 30-year-old attacking midfielder having had a prolific career at both club and international level, as well as with the Solomon Islands national futsal team. Lea'alafa began his club career with local powerhouse Solomon Warriors in 2010 and quickly developed into one of the country’s top young footballers, earning a call-up to the U-23 national team in 2012. In 2014 he signed with Vanuatu giants Amicale and his performances in their OFC Champions League campaign led to Lea'alafa joining New Zealand’s Auckland City in 2015. He would have a remarkable 4 seasons in Auckland, winning the tournament MVP award as the club won the 2016 OFC Champions League title. Lea'alafa also played a key role in their 2017 OFC Champions League title victory and was a member of the Auckland City squads that competed in the FIFA Club World Cup tournaments in 2015, 2016 & 2017. In 2019, Lea'alafa joined South African Premier Division club Maritzburg United and after one season returned to former club Solomon Warriors in 2020. At international level, Lea'alafa has been a key member of the Solomon Islands national team since his debut in 2016 having scored 6 goals in 15 matches for the ‘Bonitos.’
Solomon Islands have regularly been one of the strongest national teams in the Oceania Football Confederation in recent history, however are yet to win any major titles. Their greatest achievement to date has been a runner-up finish in the 2004 OFC Nations Cup, where they finished above New Zealand to progress to the final against Australia. The Solomon Islands also impressed in the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where they defeated Tahiti and PNG to reach the play-off match to determine the OFC nation that would contest the inter-confederation play-offs for a place in the World Cup. Although they lost to a strong New Zealand side 8-3 on aggregate, they cemented their status as one of the strongest teams in the region.