OFC – Oceania Football Confederation
Waitakere United and Auckland City are both making strong cases to be crowned champions in New Zealand’s Football Championship (NZFC). Waitakere beat three-time NZFC champions Auckland City 2-0 (the first time in 15 on-field encounters) to go top of the league but then threw away a two-goal lead a week later to lose to Youngheart Manawatu 3-2. Auckland took advantage of Waitakere’s slip-up and now sit in pole position with eight matches remaining. Solomon Island international Benjamin Totori heads the league’s golden boot race with nine goals from twelve games for Waitakere United. The 21-year-old has amassed an incredible 42 goals from 45 NZFC matches in his short career.
AS Magenta have stretched their unbeaten run in New Caledonia’s Super Ligue competition to eleven matches but only hold a two-point lead over nearest rivals JS Baco after three points were deducted for breaching competition regulations.
Ba dominated the Fiji Football Association annual awards in Suva, with the squad winning awards for Team of the Year, Player of the Year (Malakai Kainihewe) and Coach of the Year (Yogendra Datt).
The Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) has increased its number of FIFA-qualif ied referees from six to nine. A ceremony was held at the VFF office to award the badges and recognise the progress achieved in Vanuatu football.
The Federation Tahitienne de Football (FTF) kicked off two grassroots development programmes in different parts of Tahiti. In Mahina, over 27 football clubs were represented by junior members during a series of fun-orientated technical training sessions while an education course in Moorea has started with an emphasis on helping coach youngsters between the ages of six and twelve.