October 1, 2023

OCL ready for semi-finals

The four teams set to compete at the OFC Champions League have been determined.

Ifira Black Bird FC’s Kerry Iawak. in a challenge against Tiga Sport (Photo: Kirk Corrie/Phototek)

In Group A it is tournament favourites Auckland City who top the group.

They beat Solomon Warriors 3-1 in the first match, and then went on to beat Suva 3-1.

Their final match against Lupe Ole Soaga was cancelled due to the Samoan side not being able to field a team because of injuries. The OFC have announced that they consider Lupe to have withdrawn from the tournament, and all their results will be put down as 3-0 losses.

Joining Auckland in the semi-final is Fijian side Suva, who lost to Auckland, but ended up beating Solomon Warriors 2-0 on the final match day, to secure their semi-final spot.

In Group B it was reason to celebrate for home side Ifira Black Bird. Despite losing their opening game 2-0 to Hekari United, a draw with AS Pirae and a final day win over Tiga Sport means they qualify one point ahead of Hekari and Tiga.

AS Pirae will also join Ifira in the semi-finals, beating Tiga 3-0 on the first matchday, drawing with Ifira and beating Hekari United 2-1 in the final game.

The semi-finals will be played in Port Vila on Wednesday May 24th.

AS Pirae celebrate a goal against Hekari United. (Photo: Kirk Corrie/Phototek)

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