PAPUA NEW GUINEA champion club Lae City Dwellers will make its return to the OFC Champions League in 2018 after the Morobeans took out the 2017 National Soccer League Minor Premiership title, with Madang FC joining them after finishing second.
Dwellers will made its third appearance in the region’s premier international club competition while Madang deserved its second shot at the Champions League.
The Peter Gunemba coached team remains undefeated in the National Soccer League, topping the table with 25 points claiming one of the two PNGFA berths in the region’s premier club competition.
Captain Raymond Gunemba said our goal is to win the NSL minor premiership title and do well in the OFC Champions League next year.
“We are not really over the moon about the winning but we know it is a blessing.”
Coach Gunemba shared the same mind-set, keeping his focus on progressing and improving from their impressive 2017 campaign.
He said hard work, sacrifice and commitment from the players as well as the club’s executive officials and families helped the side achieve their objective.
“We have achieved our goal to win the minor premiership and qualify for the Champions League and credit goes out to the boys for achieving that.”
“Not only did we win the title but we maintained our unbeaten run in this competition,” coach Gunemba said.
The 2018 OFC Champions League will see the best club teams from across Oceania go head-to-head to determine the regional champions and OFC representatives at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup.