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Region readies for OFC Champions League

Solomon Islands-based Central Coast FC will be playing in their first OFC Champions League in this year’s tournament.

According to Oceania Football, they will be featuring some members of the Solomon Islands national squad who finished as runners-up in March’s FIFA World Cup 2022 and will be facing seven of the best clubs in the region.

They are in group A alongside Vanuatu based Galaxy FC, Lae City FC from Papua New Guinea  and Tahiti-based AS Venus.

Galaxy will be featuring three of their national squad members – brothers Alwin and Felix Komolong and goal-keeper Ronald Warisan.

Group B will feature defending champions Hienghene Sport, alongside record nine-time OFC Champions League winners Auckland City FC, plus Cook Islands-based Nikao Sokattak FC, and Fiji-based Rewa FC.

Group B will feature defending champions Hienghene Sport, alongside record nine-time OFC Champions League winners Auckland City FC. Picture: Auckland City Football Club

The Cook Islands will play some of their national team members such as Grover Harmon and Tahiri Eliana.

In addition, Oceania Football has revealed the names of the officials that have been selected to control the matches during the tournament.

According to Oceania Football, the match officials have been selected from the eight OFC member associations.

They will be joined by experienced referees Mathew Conger, Norbert Hauata, Cambell-Kirk Kawana- Waugh, and David Yareboinen.

Action from the Solomon Islands local club matches. Solomon Islands-based Central Coast FC will be playing in their first OFC Champions League in this year’s tournament. Picture: Solomon Islands Football Federation Facebook

The list of officials are listed below.

Oceania Champions League 2022 referees:

  • Ben Aukwai (SOL)
  • Kavitesh Behari (FIJ)
  • Matthew Conger (NZL)
  • Norbert Hauata (TAH)
  • Campbell Kirk Kawana Waugh (NZL)
  • Mederic Lacour (NC)
  • Teremoana Roihau (TAH)
  • Veer Singh (FIJ)
  • David Yareboinen (PNG)
  • Timothy Niu (SOL)

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The 14-day tournament will be from August 4-17 at Ngahue Reserve in Auckland, with the winner of the tournament qualifying for the FIFA Club World Cup.

Oceania has confirmed that “all matches will be held at Ngahue Reserve, the home of OFC Football, in Stonefields, Auckland.”

Galaxy FC and Lae City FC will kick off the tournament with Group A fixtures on August 4, with Group B commencing the following day.

Solomon Islands based Central Coast FC leaving home for Auckland. They will be playing in their first OFC Champions League in this year’s tournament. Picture: Peter Kenilorea Facebook

An Oceania Football press statement revealed that all group matches will kick off at either 12pm or 3pm, with semi-finals at 11.30pm and 2.30pm and the final at 2pm.

Group A:

Solomon Islands-based Central Coast FC
Vanuatu-based Galaxy FC
Tahiti-based AS Venus
Papua New Guinea-based Lake City FC

Group B:

New Caledonia-based Hienghene Sport
New Zealand-based Auckland City FC
Cook Islands-based Nikao Sokattak FC
Fiji-based Rewa FC.

Group A fixtures:

  • Aug 4, 12.00pm | Galaxy FC v Lae City FC
  • Aug 4, 3.00pm | Central Coast FC v AS Vénus
  • Aug 7, 12.00pm | Central Coast FC v Galaxy FC
  • Aug 7, 3.00pm | AS Vénus v Lae City FC
  • Aug 10, 12.00pm | Lae City FC v Central Coast FC
  • Aug 10, 3.00pm | AS Vénus v Galaxy FC

Group B:

  • Aug 5, 12.00pm | Auckland City FC v Hienghène Sport
  • Aug 5, 3.00pm | Rewa FC v Nikao Sokattak FC
  • Aug 8, 12.00pm | Rewa FC v Auckland City
  • Aug 8, 3.00pm | Nikao Sokattak FC v Hienghène Sport
  • Aug 11, 12.00pm | Hienghène Sport v Rewa FC
  • Aug 11, 3.00pm | Nikao Sokattak Fc v Auckland City FC

Semi-finals:

Aug 14, 11.30am | 1st Group A v 2nd Group B
Aug 14, 2.30pm | 1st Group B v 2nd Group A

Final:

Aug 17, 2.00 pm | semi-final 1 winner v semi-final 2 winner at Ngahue Reserve

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