OFC Men’s Champions League 2010

Hekari celebrate winning the 2010 O-League final. Football, O-League Final 2nd Leg, Waitakere United v Hekari United FC, Fred Taylor Park Whenuapai, Sunday 2nd May 2010. Photo: Shane Wenzlick

The ninth edition of the OFC Champions League was held in 2010 and was contested between eight clubs. Two clubs from New Zealand, alongside the league champions from Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands, qualified for the event. The format consisted of two groups of four where each team played each other twice home-and-away, before the top side in each group qualified for a two-legged final.

Heraki celebrate after scoring from a penalty. Football, O-League Final 2nd Leg, Waitakere United v Hekari United FC, Fred Taylor Park Whenuapai, Sunday 2nd May 2010. Photo: Shane Wenzlick

Waitakere United and Auckland City FC finished level on points in Group A, but the former qualified for the final and topped the group by virtue of a superior goal difference. Papua New Guinean champions Hekari United FC joined them in the final, after beating Fijian champions Lautoka FC to the top of the table by a single point in Group B. Two goals from Kema Jack got Hekari United off to a flying start at home at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby, securing a 3-0 win in the first leg of the final. Waitakere United fought back for a 2-1 victory in the second leg at Fred Taylor Park, but it wasn’t enough as Hekari United made history by becoming the first club outside of Australia and New Zealand to win the OFC Champions League with a 4-2 win on aggregate in the final.

Heraki celebrate after scoring from a penalty. Football, O-League Final 2nd Leg, Waitakere United v Hekari United FC, Fred Taylor Park Whenuapai, Sunday 2nd May 2010. Photo: Shane Wenzlick

Hekari United FC went on to represent OFC at the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup in the UAE, but fell at the first hurdle with a 0-3 defeat to host club Al-Wahda.