Ultra-minnows Tahiti revel in shock triumph
Published : 13 Jun 2012 09:46:56
Tahiti's football team is set to receive an ecstatic welcome home this week after the Pacific territory's greatest sporting triumph, a shock win in the Oceania Nations Cup.
The victory guarantees the Tahitian amateurs a spot at next year's Confederations Cup alongside footballing superpowers such as host nation Brazil, world champions Spain and South American title-holders Uruguay.
Tahiti's Toa Aito, or Iron Warriors, went into the Oceania Nations Cup as underdogs ranked 179th in the world, but cut a swathe through the opposition to become the first Pacific island team to lift the trophy.
"We're super-proud, we could perhaps play Spain or Brazil, it's too good," said a young fan named Vetea.