Auckland City and AS Manu Ura will kick-off the 2007/2008 Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) O-League at Kiwitea Street October 27, 2007, at Kiwitea Street.
The match signals the start of O-League action around the South Pacific with defending champions Waitakere United hosting AS Manu Ura at Trusts Stadium just four days later.
In Melanesia, the excitement will be at fever pitch as Solomon Islands champions Kossa FC host Vanuatu rivals Tafea FC in a mouthwatering encounter on October 27th, 2007, at Lawson Tama
Four days later Tafea FC will travel to face the yet to be determined Fiji champions in their own backyard.
The winner of the 2007/2008 O-League will qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup – 2008.
In Group A, New Zealand Football Championship (NZFC) rivals Auckland City and Waitakere United will reignite their domestic rivalry alongside Tahitian newcomers AS Manu Ura who deposed AS Temanava as
club champions in French-Polynesia.
New Auckland City coach Colin Tuaa will look to use his intimate knowledge of the Tahitian environment to guide his new charges to the final.
Meanwhile, Waitakere United face the difficult task of playing in the NZFC, O-League and facing a one-off match against Japan’s J-League champions for a berth at the FIFA Club World Cup – Japan
Group B looks likely to be the toughest of the two pools with highly-fancied Vanuatu club champions Tafea FC returning to the head table of Oceania club football after an absence of two years.
Tafea FC won their way into the O-League after winning the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) O-League Preliminary Tournament in New Caledonia in emphatic fashion.
Kossa FC triumphed in the Solomon Islands Football Federation National Clubs Championship in Honiara earlier this year.
James Naka and Joe Luwi – both recent Beach Soccer heroes for Solomon Islands – will help bolster the Kossa FC attack.
Fiji’s representatives are yet to be determined, but it looks likely that Ba will return to O-League action after maintaining a 100% winning record in the New World National Football League in
Ba have won four domestic trophies this season to go alongside their 2007 O-League runners-up appearance and will be hoping to go one step further this time around – provided they can seal their
fifth domestic trophy of the year.
AUCKLAND CITY (NZL)
WAITAKERE UNITED (NZL)
AS MANU URA (TAH)
TAFEA FC (VAN)
KOSSA FC (SOL)
27/10/07 – Auckland City vs. AS Manu Ura
31/10/07 – Waitekere United vs. AS Manu Ura
17/02/08 – AS Manu Ura vs. Waitakere United
20/02/08 – Auckland City vs. Waitakere United
26/03/08 – AS Manu Ura vs. Auckland City
30/03/08 – Waitakere United vs. Auckland City
27/10/07 – Kossa FC vs. Tafea FC
30/10/07 – FIJI CLUB vs. Tafea FC
20/02/08 – Tafea FC vs. FIJI CLUB
24/02/08 – Kossa FC vs. FIJI CLUB
26/03/08 – Tafea FC vs. Kossa FC
29/03/08 – FIJI CLUB vs. Kossa FC
26/04/08 – 1st LEG
04/05/08 – 2ND LEG