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Vanuatu striker Azariah Soromon called ‘Oceania’s new wonderkid’

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According to some experts, Azariah Soromon could be be the most talented striker to ever come out of Vanuatu.

Azariah Soromon came on for Kaltack in a friendly against Estonia in November to make his Vanuatu debut and was included in the Pacific Mini Games squad, Oceania FC’s article says.

Once there he hit the ground running, scoring an injury-time winner against New Caledonia (it finished 2-1) and a double against Tonga in a 5-0 rout.

The first was a fine low finish from inside the area, while the second had a dose of fortune about it as a free kick looped up and over the keeper from the right wing.

In his third game he scored against Fiji in a 1-1 draw and followed it up with two goals in the 10-0 thrashing of Tuvalu.

With six goals in as many games, Soromon finished the tournament as second top-scorer, only behind 21-year-old Fijian Saula Waqa with seven.

Soromon plays for his hometown club Tupuji Imere but it should only be a matter of time before attention is turned to the young striker from elsewhere.

It is clear Soromon is part of a golden generation of Vanuatu footballers. midfielder Bong Kalo was a star in the tournament, while Kensi Tengis scored five goals.

However, Soromon was the stand-out surprise of the mini games. In it he showed plenty of ability – his late runs into the box, composure in front of goal and natural finishing were all on show as he helped Vanuatu to the title.