Auckland City secure UAE ticket

New Zealand's Auckland City are the first team to win their way through to the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009 after comfortably claiming the OFC O-League final 9-4 on aggregate against Solomon Islands' Koloale FC.

Holding a 7-2 advantage from the first leg in Honiara last week, Auckland were marginally pegged back on their home turf when Henry Fa'arodo scored five minutes before half-time. Substitute Keryn Jordan ended the visitors' hopes just prior to the hour mark, scoring two goals within minutes of entering the fray and confirming the South African's status as the tournament's top-scorer. Koloale's Lency Saeni equalised a couple of minutes later to ensure honours finished even in the second leg.

Auckland City lifted the trophy for the second time in four attempts, with the two intervening titles claimed by city rivals Waitakere United. The 2009 O-League final provided the Solomon Islands with disappointment for the second consecutive year after Waitakere defeated Kossa FC 6-3 on aggregate in last year's decider.

"The FIFA Club World Cup is a huge incentive - it raises the standards and it's incredibly good for Oceania," said Auckland coach Paul Posa. "This is what every club wants."

Auckland City will represent Oceania at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009 in December.