After a convincing win in game two, Team Wellington are full of confidence but weary of their third and final match in the group stages as they face the host side in Erakor Golden Star on their home turf on Friday evening.
It is expected to see a full crowd at Korman Stadium as the passionate fans flock to support their local side, giving Erakor that home advantage edge.
Head Coach Jose Figueira is under no illusion that this match will be challenging but is looking forward to the opportunity for the Wellington side to show their style and personality out on the field.
“We’re looking forward to being tested against a team that will be hungry so no doubt it will be a great occasion.”
“We’re expecting them to come out strong, it’s clear what they need to do qualify and we’ve seen in both of the games they’ve played that they’ve tried to be on the front foot and really take it to the opposition so we’re not expecting them to change too much from that respect.”
While Team Wellington have been fortunate enough to play in some great stadiums, player Nathanael Hailemariam is excited at the prospect of playing in front of hundreds of locals on Friday evening.
“Playing in the islands in front of big crowds is something special.”
“It does kind of change the feels a little bit compared to playing back at home but the boys are used to being involved in previous OFC Champions League campaigns so we know what we need to do, we’ve got experienced players that have experienced that before so we just need to go out and get the win.”
Erakor Golden Star will be bringing everything to this final match of the group stages as they look to secure their spot and Team Wellington are ready for anything that will be thrown their way.
“Just like any other Island team, they will come out firing so we just need to keep our discipline both offensively and defensively and just go out there and do our thing,” Hailemariam said.
“We believe in the tactics that we’ve been working on and all we need to do is go out and implement it tomorrow night.”
OFC Champions League 2019 – Group C
Erakor Golden Star [EKR] vs. Team Wellington [WLG]
Port Vila, Vanuatu – Friday 1 March
Kick-off: 17:00 local (19:00 NZ)
Referee: Norbert HAUATA (TAH)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen SENIGA (SOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe REVEL (TAH)
Fourth Official: Hamilton SIAU (SOL)
Erakor Golden Star
Team List: 1. Serge DANIEL (GK), 3. Diego GALVAO, 4. Jason THOMAS, 5. Raoul COULON, 6. Kalfter KALTACK, 8. Barry MANSALE, 9. Tony KALTACK, 10. Jacky RUBEN, 12. Godine TENENE, 14. Michael COULON, 15. Nemani ROQARA, 19. Jesse KALAPONG, 20. Elias SILVAR JUNIOR, 21. Johnathan SPOKEYJACK, 22. Alexandre DA SILVA, 26. Jaques WANEMUT, 27. Jackson TASSO, 30. Daniel August ALICK
Coach: Benjamin NOEL (VAN)
Team List: 1. Scott BASALAJ, 2. Tiahn MANUEL, 3. Adam MITCHELL, 4. Mario ILICH, 6. Taylor SCHRIJVERS, 7. Eric MOLLOY, 8. Henry CAMERON, 10. Nathanael HAILEMARIAM, 11. Bill ROBERTSON, 13. Daniel MULHOLLAND, 14. Jack-Henry SINCLAIR, 15. Joel STEVENS, 16. Angus KILKOLLY, 17. Alexander PALEZEVIC, 18. Aaron CLAPHAM, 19. Ross ALLEN, 22. Marcel KAMPMAN (GK)
Coach: Jose FIGUEIRA (ENG)