Samoa club Lupe Ole Soaga eased into their first OFC Champions League with maximum points after a comprehensive 6-0 victory over American Samoa club champions FC Samoan Korean Baptist Church on the weekend.
They become the second consecutive Samoan club to progress to the next leg of this competition, following in the footsteps of local rivals Kiwi FC.
The Samoan club topped the four team tournament in the Samoan capital Apia, with wins over fellow Polynesian sides Cooks Islands’ Puaikura, Tonga’s Lotoha’apai United and SKBC of American Samoa.
Lupe Ole Soaga now advances into the group stage which is scheduled to be played in Fiji next April.
The OFC Champions League final winner will feature in the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup.
“I’m really excited about that next stage right now. It’s our first time here at tier two and now we are going on to the next tier which won’t be easy,” said Lupe coach Paul Ualesi.
“We’ll have to really prepare if we want to do well. We will do our best to better the performance of Kiwi FC this year when we make our debut in 2015.”
Lupe Ole Soaga striker Silao Malo was the clear winner of the Golden Boot with his five goals taking him ahead of the five players sitting on two each. Malo’s performance over the three matchdays also earned him the Golden Ball for most outstanding player of the tournament.