3 Mar 2017

Sport: Madang FC dreaming of semis finals spot

1:57 pm on 3 March 2017

Madang FC plan to go all out in tonight's final group match against AS Magenta at the OFC Champions League in New Caledonia.

The Papua New Guinea club lost 7-3 in their tournament debut against AS Central Sport from Tahiti before recording their first win against Samoa's Lupe Ole Soaga 4-3.

Coach Francis Moyap told OFC TV they have worked to address their defensive problems in training.

"I'm happy with the win we got," he said of their historic result against Lupe but insisted they could not afford to focus on the past and must look forward.

"We have another hard game coming up and so I want to let it go and finish on a high note against Magenta."

Madang FC recorded their first ever OFC Champions League victory.

Madang FC are chasing back to back wins. Photo: OFC via Alain Vartane

Francis Moyap said they have a "never say die attitude" and will take that into tonight's final group match in Noumea.

"The boys first time in this kind of football and the understanding, pressure to play this kind of football in new to them," he said.

"We are prepared to go out there and play very competitively because it's better to take home two wins in our first O-League competition."

Magenta lead Group A with a maximum six points, three clear of Central Sport and Madang.

Coach Alain Moizan said he did not expect anything from their opponents.

"On the other hand I expect my team to do everything possible to win, to qualify. I want to see Magenta qualify clearly - that is to say - with the full nine points."

Francis Moyap said Madang need to beat the hosts by at least three goals and hope Lupe Ole Soaga can get a result against Central Sport to advance to the semi finals.

AS Magenta(L) got the better of Tahiti's AS Central Sport in Noumea.

AS Magenta(L) got the better of Tahiti's AS Central Sport in Noumea. Photo: Alain Vartane

Central Sport need to beat Lupe Ole Solaga at Stade Numa Daly and hope Madang do them a favour in the late match.

"We will play this match to win just as we did with our two previous games, even if we know that as a result of the game on Tuesday, our chance of qualifying has diminished greatly," Central coach Cyril Klosek said.

"Lupe Ole Soaga is a team that had Magenta on hooks in their first match and even managed a better score against them than we did. It's also a team that did well against the Papua New Guinea side."

Lupe's Paul Ualesi said his side may have lost their first two outings, but they won't stop chasing a victory.

"We have done well in our first two matches. I think sometimes coming through the Qualifier we can be considered one of the easier opponents but I think in this year's event especially we have shown we are contenders," he said.

"We may not have a chance of the semi-finals but we are going to try and finish in the best manner possible."

Lupe Ole Soaga celebrate a goal against AS Magenta.

Lupe Ole Solaga want to finish on a high. Photo: OFC / Alain Vartane