(Photo Credit: Fiji FA)
As we gear up for the inaugural OFC Women’s Champions League 2023 #OWCL2023, we’re profiling the five teams taking part in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Labasa Women’s FC enter the competition as Fiji’s representative.
Labasa Women’s FC is the current champion in women’s football in Fiji and have dominated the Digicel Women’s Super League (DWSL) since 2021. As well as winning the title in 2022, they were also victorious in the inaugural Pillay Garment Champions v Champions series this year, defeating Ba Women 4-3.
Their domestic league success was what secured their qualification to OFC Women’s Champions League 2023. This season, they are currently top of the table in the DWSL with an unbeaten record.
Hopes for the tournament
Labasa FA President Rayaz Khan says the team is gearing up for the OFC Champions League. “The team is preparing well and they are all excited for the inaugural tournament in Papua New Guinea.”
Khan said the aim was to create history in the tournament.
“We will be the first women’s football team that will fly the Fijian flag and we have set our goal to win the first ever OFC Women’s Champion League. We are not going there to make up the numbers but to show our best and the players are looking forward to the tournament.
“I know all teams will prepare well and this is a good initiative by OFC in creating such a competition for women’s football. The tournament itself has given the players the opportunity to work hard and show their best.”
Player to Watch
Sofi Diyolowai has represented the Fiji women’s national team and will be a crucial creative outlet for Labasa FC. Her excellent vision not only helps in creating chances but also in ensuring her team has a solid defensive foundation to build upon.
Labasa FC fixtures: (PNG time)
Thursday June 1 v Kiwi FC, 12pm
Saturday June 3 v Koloale FC, 12pm
Monday June 5 v AS Academy Féminine, 5pm
Saturday June 10 v Hekari United, 5pm