OFC Men’s Champions League 2009

 

The eighth edition of the OFC Champions League took place in 2009 and was contested between six clubs. Two New Zealand clubs qualified directly to the group stage, alongside the league champions from Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands, whilst Papua New Guinea champions Hekari United qualified via the preliminary stage. The format involved two groups of three, where the top team in each group progressed to a two-legged final.

After finishing behind Waitakere United for two consecutive seasons, Auckland City edged out their regional rivals to qualify from Group A. Solomon Islands champions Koloale FC joined them in the final, with a victory on the final matchday enough to secure top spot in Group B. The destination of the title was all but decided after the first leg of the final though, with a Keryn Jordan hat-trick leading Auckland City to a stunning 7-2 victory away at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara.

Auckland City celebrate Chad Coombes goal. Football O-League Waitakere United v Auckland City FC Fred Taylor Park Whenuapai Saturday 28th November 2009. Photo Credit: Shane Wenzlick

Koloale FC fought hard in the second leg, but again Keryn Jordan stole the show with two goals in a 2-2 draw at Kiwitea Street, as Auckland City claimed their second OFC Champions League title with a 9-4 win on aggregate.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 12: Auckland City players pose for a team photo prior to the start of the FIFA Club World Cup quarter-final match between Auckland City and Atlante at the Zayed Sports City stadium on December 12, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Atlante won the match 3-0. (Photo by Jasper Juinen – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Auckland City went on to represent OFC at the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup in the UAE as continental champions,  and qualified for the final eight with a stunning 2-0 victory over host club Al-Ahli. They fell to a 0-3 defeat to CONCACAF champions Atlante in the quarter-finals, but two goals from Jason Hayne and an injury-time winner from Riki Van Steeden stole Auckland City a famous 3-2 win over CAF champions TP Mazembe to secure fifth place.