OFC (Oceania Football Confederation)
New Zealand’s Waitakere United claimed their first ever O-League title after defeating Fijian champions Ba 1-0 at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, in front of 10,000 fans. A second-half goal by Allan Pearce was enough to give Waitakere United the title on the away-goals rule. Ba and Waitakere United faced off in the inaugural 2007 O-League final over two legs with Ba holding a slender 2-1 lead after the firs leg in Fiji, where goals from Ronald Chandra and Josaia Bukalidi had cancelled out a Commins Menapi strike for Waitakere United in front of 10,000 fans in Ba. The O-League victory provided consolation for Waitakere United following their NZFC final defeat against arch-rivals Auckland City who claimed their third consecutive national title in a row with a 3-2 victory at North Harbour Stadium. Waitakere United will now go into a play-off against the winner of Japan’s J-League for the right to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup 2007.
New Zealand qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 after winning the OFC qualifying tournament in Lae, Papua New Guinea. New Zealand swept to victory against Papua New Guinea (7-0), Solomon Islands (8-0) and Tonga (6-1) and will build up for the competition with matches against USA and Canada in July.
OFC president and FIFA Vice-President Reynald Temarii recently celebrated the signing of a historic agreement with the French government in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, that will help provide funding for the OFC U-12 Festival of Football tournament. French ambassador Patrick Boursin, David Chung, President of the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA), and FIFA/OFC Ambassador Christian Karembeu were on hand at a packed press conference to offer their support for the initiative.
Vanuatu won the OFC U-12 Festival of Football competition in Port Moresby and will represent the region in the 2007 Danone Nations Cup in Lyon later this year.