Solomon Islands champions Kossa FC upset reigning OFC champions Waitakere United 3-1 in the first leg of the OFC O-League final at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara. Twenty thousand fans packed in to see Kossa create history by becoming the first Solomon Islands side to defeat a New Zealand team since the formalisation of football on the Solomon Islands in 1979. Joe Luwi (2) and James Naka were the goalscorers for Kossa while Waitakere scored what could prove to be a vital away goal through former NZ All Whites Jonathan Perry. The winner of the two-legged final will progress to the FIFA Club World Cup 2008.
One News Television broadcast coverage of the OFC O-League final first leg for local Solomon Islands audiences for the first time in the country’s history. Fans in Honiara and the outer islands were able to enjoy the match as part of a collaboration between the OFC and the local television station. Live radio coverage of the match was also broadcast by the Solomon Islands Broadcast Corporation.
Labasa overcame Ba 2-1 in the final of the “Champions versus Champions” series in Fiji to clinch the title for the first time in fourteen years. Labasa won the series 3-1 on aggregate after winning the first leg 1-0 at Subrail Park, thereby ending Ba’s dominance in the competition, which they had won every year since 1993.
The New Zealand U-17′s women’s s;de posted two impressive 4-0 victories over Australia in their build up for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The results are very encouraging for New Zealand, who will be hosting the event from 28 October to 16 November 2008.
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