This weekend will see the OFC Champions League semi-finals take place with Auckland City, winner of the past three tournaments, only edging into the last four as the best second-placed team.
The Navy Blues are joined by Fiji’s Ba, Amicale of Vanuatu and Tahiti’s AS Pirae.
Ba made the most of home advantage in last week’s group stage – the 12-team event was played in three venues across Fiji – to earn seven points and edge a tough group featuring AS Magenta, Tafea and former winners Hekari United of Papua New Guinea.
Amicale claimed maximum points in topping Group B with a trio of wins crowned by an impressive victory over Auckland, thanks to Dominique Fred’s first-half goal.
Pirae also remained perfect in Group A but former winners Waitakere United saw their aspirations ended, with Solomon Warriors eventually finishing second, albeit to no avail.
Pirae defeated Waitakere in the final group match, where a hefty win for the Kiwis would have tipped their Auckland rivals out of the final qualifying berth.
Ba will now face Amicale, while Pirae have set themselves up against defending champions Auckland City.
Much focus will be on the second encounter with the Marama Vahirua-coached Pirae lining-up with several stars of Tahiti’s impressive 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup semi-final team including Raimana Li Fung Kuee and Naea Bennett.
The semi-finals in the OFC Champions League will be held over the weekends of 26/27 April and 3/4 May.