TSL Defending champions Marist FC are optimistic that they can secure a spot in the 17th edition of the Oceania club championship next year, as Real Kakamora will play their remaining games with hopes to escape the bottom spot.
Head coach Jerry Allen told reporters following their 4-1 win over Real Kakamora yesterday that their remaining fixtures be played as deciding matches.
“I have confidence in my players and we will work extra hard to get points to secure our place in the Oceania league,” says Allen.
“We are closing the gap for the top position, however if Warriors maintain their winning form we hope to settle for the runners up spot which we currently claimed, and I’m satisfied with our performance so far and is up to us to be consistent.
The defending champions now 4 points behind the table leaders with 26 points and 2 games remaining.
Real Kakamora head coach, Batram Suri said his side’s focus is for them to escape being bottom of the table.
“We hope to get points in our remaining matches if we should get away from being at the bottom table. We try our best to challenge all our opponents despite having average players to compete,” Suri said.
“Our main focus is for us to build from here in preparation for the next season, and I’m getting my players together for the remaining games.
Kakamora with 4 points will take on their bottom place rival FC Guadalcanal on Sunday 12th and getting 6 points in their remaining two matches as a compliment finishing this season.
Marist FC remaining fixtures are against top contenders, KOSSA FC on Sunday and Henderson Eels later.
Solomon Warriors yet claimed the top seat, sitting with 30 points and a win against Malaita Kings on Saturday 11th will see them crowned as this seasons champions.
The 2018 OFC Champions League will be the 17th edition of the Oceanian Club Championship, Oceania’s premier club football tournament organized by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), and the 12th season under the current OFC Champions League name.
For this season, a quarterfinal stage will be introduced, meaning that the top two teams of each group (instead of only the group winners) in the group stage will advance to the knockout stage.
Solomon Warriors already booked their place in the regional competition representing the country.