André Wabealo: New Caledonian football mourns the death of a great name

Originally from New Caledonia, the man nicknamed Dédé, André Wabealo, spent a large part of his career in Tahiti. The former centre-forward of the Tahitian selection coached the AS Dragon club, which played in the honor division.



André Wabealo left at the age of 66, Tuesday August 2, in French Polynesia. The Caledonian footballer, originally from the Oundjo tribe in Voh, settled in Tahiti in the 1980s. He left his mark on football there. First attacking at AS Tamarii Nahiti no Arue, he will also play at As Tefana and in the selection of Tahiti. This big name in Oceanian football went so far as to coach AS Dragon, which played in the honor division.

Approached by the Polynesian football authorities, he joined the Goélands d’Oundjo team. The president of the Caledonian Football Federation, Gilles Tavergeux and the president of AS Venus of French Polynesia, Alfred Taputuarai, pay tribute to this “big name in football”.

Gilles Tavergeux reacts to the death of André Wabealo at the microphone of William Lecren

Dédé the rain as it was called, I had this chance to play against him both in club and in selection. He is a big name in football who had chosen to emigrate before me to Tahiti in the 80s and founded in his family. It is also a big name in the Koné region.

Gilles Tavergeux, president of the Caledonian Football Federation

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