(Photo Credit OFC Media via Phototek – Alice Wenessia AS Academy Féminine)
The scene is set for an enthralling final match day at the inaugural OFC Women’s Champions League in Port Moresby. (Saturday PNG time)
New Caledonia’s AS Academy Féminine are in a prime position to claim the title as they need only a point from their final match against Solomon Islands side Koloale FC.
Coralie Bretegnier’s young squad has impressed throughout the tournament with their technical ability and tactical approach to games and have been rewarded with three fine victories, 2-1 over Hekari United, 4-1 against Labasa Women FC and 5-0 over Kiwi FC.
Playmaker Alice Wenessia is likely to return to the AS Academy Féminine startling lineup after coming off the bench late in Thursday’s win over Kiwi FC, and her combination with striker Christelle Wahnawe will be crucial in their quest to make it four wins from four games to secure the title.
Wahnawe will also have her eye on the golden boot. She’s scored five goals so far and is two behind Hekari United’s Marie Kaipu.
Koloale FC is promising not to make it easy for the New Caledonians. Coach Crystal Bakolo felt the 5-0 defeat against Hekari United on Thursday wasn’t an accurate reflection of how well her side played, and she’s determined for her side to produce a strong performance in their final outing.
A Koloale FC upset win would open the door for home side Hekari United who play Fiji’s Labasa Women FC in the final match of the tournament. Coach Ericson Komeng realises destiny is out of their hands, but regardless of the scenario they are presented with, his team will go out to entertain and produce a performance that will inspire young Papua New Guinean girls and women to take up the sport.
Fijian side Labasa Women FC have had an extra couple of days to prepare for the fixture having had the bye on Thursday. And Arthur Simmons squad needed it too having come off their defeat by AS Academy Feminine on Monday battered and bruised. Simmons has promised to give some of his bench players more game time now they are not in the running to win the tournament.
All times local:
MATCH DAY FIVE
1200 Koloale FC v AS Academy Féminine – WATCH HERE
1700 Hekari United FC v Labasa Women FC – WATCH HERE