17 Dec 2012

Sport: Pacific teams happy with O-League changes but would like two-legged final

11:16 am on 17 December 2012

A tournament newcomer has given their support to the new Oceania Champions League format.

Oceania Football have rejigged the competition, with the introduction of a home-and-away semi finals stage and changing the final to be a one-off winners takes all affair.

The winner will represent Oceania at the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013.

Dr Kenton Sade from first-time qualifiers Solomon Warriors says having two teams qualify from each group will keep the group phase interesting and make the tournament more meaningful.

"It gives teams a lot more motivation to do well and to play well for the full 90 minutes that each team is given per game, which basically means there's a lot to play for."

The Ba President, Rishikendra Kumar, agrees the introduction of the semi finals stage is a move in the right direction, although they would eventually like the return of a home and away final.

We proposed to them that we want to have a home and away semi final as well as a home and away final but it seems it is very congested due to the Tahiti team playing in the FIFA Confederations Cup, so they want to finish somewhere in May, so that's why they're having one-off final. The Champions League in other countries they all have a home and away final except for the world cup so hopefully, maybe from the 2013/14 season, they will change that.

The winner will represent Oceania at the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013.