Player Profile

Harry Ngata

Nationality :New Zealand
Date Of Birth :24/08/1971
Games Played :33
Goals :4
Position :Midfielder

Heremaia ("Harry") Ngata (born 24 August 1971 in Wanganui) is a former New Zealand association football player who played as a midfielder.

Club career

Ngata began his career with Hull City in England, and may have been the first Maori footballer to play in the English league. Ngata won 1998 New Zealand Players' Player of the Year award, whilst playing with North Shore United, where he won the club's Player of the Year award twice. One of the most successful parts of his career was the five years that he spent playing for the Kingz in the Australian NSL. where he became very popular.

International career

Ngata scored New Zealand's goal in his full All Whites debut, a 1-3 loss against Saudi Arabia on 28 April 1993. He was included in the New Zealand side for the 1999 Confederations Cup finals tournament and he ended his international playing career with 28 A-international caps and 3 goals to his credit, his final cap a substitute appearance in a 7-0 win over Vanuatu on 13 June 2001.

Post-retirement

Ngata works occasionally as a football commentator for SKY TV in New Zealand. He has worked in the role of Sports Ambassador for the SPARC organisation (Sport & Recreation New Zealand).