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Tahiti Crow At Stealing Super Eagles Egg

Tahiti have just a single professional footballer in their squad at the Confederations Cup, 33-year-old veteran journeyman striker, Marama Vahirua.

The rest of their team is made up of teachers, construction site labourers, salesmen, and even a man who picks coconuts for a living.

And so the tiny Pacific islanders were justified in their celebrations, after scoring their only goal in a heavy 6-1 defeat against Nigeria last night.

Nigeria are African champions, and while theirs a new team in the works, they have battle-hardened players from established leagues across the world.

Tahiti never expected to pluck the Super Eagles’ feathers, but they are content that they were able to plunder a single egg from their nest, after Jonathan Tehau’s headed consolation strike.

The Tahitians had feared that their only goal of the competition would have been Tehau’s own goal earlier in the game, with tougher matches against Uruguay and Spain still to come.

But by scoring against the Super Eagles, they achieved the goal they had set themselves, despite the heavy scoreline against them. And whatever comes next will just cherries on top.

"To lose 6-1 is hard but you have to put it in context," Tahiti coach Eddy Etaeta told reporters after the game.

"We are an amateur side playing against professionals and of course that showed.

"But when the draw was made in December I said if we scored one goal here it would be a great achievement and we have accomplished that."

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi could hardly revel in the result, even though his team did what they had to and then some.

Instead of crowing about the lop-sided result, he doffed his hat to the plucky Tahitians, who have already won the Confederations Cup’s heart.

"They (Tahiti) said they were going to fight like lions and they did,” Keshi said.

"But, with all respect to Tahiti, you think it's going to be easy playing against a team like that but they showed us they can play football and I congratulate them.

"We wasted a lot of chances in the first half but I am pleased we got the goals in the end."

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