OFC – 2009
Fiji club giants Ba secured the Super Six title thanks to a 2-0 win over close rivals Labasa. Goals from Fijian internationals Maciu Dunadamu and Pita Baleitoga were enough to clinch the championship for Fiji’s 2009 O-League representatives. Meanwhile, fellow Fijians Nads have secured the services of three Solomon Islands internationals ahead of the inter-District Cup tournament. Stanley Waita, Godwin Bebeu and George Lui will join the club for its tilt at Fijian football’s ultimate prize.
Defending champions AS Manu Lira are representing French Polynesia at the 2008 Coupe de L’Outre-Mer but lost all three of their matches to Martinique (0-1), Guadeloupe (0-1 > and Oceanian rivals New Caledonia (0-1). New Caledonia – fresh from a second place finish in the 2008 OFC Nations Cup -finished third in Group 1 and will play Mayotte in the match for fifth place.
Papua New Guinea’s 2009 O-League representatives, Hekari Souths United, have signed Solomon Islands internationals Fred Hale and Joachim Waroi ahead of their forthcoming national league campaign. Hekari have been drawn in O-League Group B alongside Koloale and Ba. Koloale defeated Australian club Brisbane Wolves twice during a three-match tour of the Solomon Islands earlier this month.
New Zealand club Auckland City have pulled off a major transfer coup in signing former Barcelona defender Xavi Roca. The 34-year-old will join former New Zealand and Roda JC midfielder, Ivan Vicelich, at Kiwitea Street this season as coach Colin Tuaa seeks to win his first New Zealand Football Championship (NZFC) title.