Hienghène wins Mobil Super League; battle against relegation continues

The Mobil Super Ligue got to know their new champions in the previous saturday when Hienghène Sport finally complete the treble and won the national league. The club from the north of New Caledonia had three chances to seal their title – failling against their rivals AS Magenta, Tiga Sport but at the last round deciding their fate against Horizon Patho and winning away from home by 4-1.

AS Magenta once again sees their biggest rivals to win another trophy after their faillure in OFC Champions League and Coupe de Calédonie. The club from New Caledonia capital at least could confirm their presence in OFC Champions League ending 2nd in the table.

Bertrand Kai (right) was the top scorer of the league with 14 goals

Despite the decision of the champions of the spots in the continental club tournament, the Mobil Super Ligue still has one decisive match still to be played to give an end to the relegation battle between ES Wacaele and Trio Kedeigne. Both sides still fight to see which of them will directly relegated to the Promotion d’Honneur and which other will take place in the relegation-promotion playoff.

The catch-up match against AS Mont-Dore and Trio Kedeigne was decided by FCF Referee Commision to take place in the next weekend. Mont-Dore needs only a win to end the competition in the 3rd position and Trio Kedeigne needs a draw to avoid direct relegation and send to the send place in the stadings the newly promoted ES Wacaele.

ES Wacaele could score first against AS Lössi in their last encounter in Stade Numa Daly, but suffered four goals from Lössi – a brace from their number 9 and captain Fonzy Ranchain. Wacaele now hopes Trio can not avoid a defeat and suffer a direct relegation to the New Caledonian football second-tier.

The 18th round results and updated standings – MSL Media

Wacaele can keep their hopes alive: Trio Kedeigne suffered a harsh defeat – the biggest goal difference until now in the competition – against Magenta by 10-2 margin. Now they will be playing a do-or-die match against AS Mont-Dore to keep their chances alive to stay in the top-tier for next season.

AS Wetr did not keep their good form in the competition and suffered one more defeat against Tiga Sport. Highlight for one more goal in the season for Tiga Sport top scorer Lues Waya – the 18-year old striker keeps proving he can be one of the major players in the next seasons of Mobil Super Ligue.

In the other match of the round SC Ne Drehu could not confirm their 3rd place spot in the league when they draw 2-2 against AS Mont-Dore and gave the chance to them reach the third place if they win their remaining match against ES Wacaele.

In the title decisive match on Saturday, the new signing of Hienghène Sport, the Portuguese midfielder Pedro Sousa, opened early the account for the current OFC Champions League title holders. Antoine Roine scored the second goal still in the first half. In the final part of the game, Horizon Patho managed to reduce the scoreline to 2-1, but Miguel Kayara and Bertrand Kaï scored the final goals of the game sealing the third title of the season.

The captain and legend of Hieghène Sport, Bertrand Kaï ended the competition with 14 goals scored and is the top goalscorers of this edition of the national league.

Now the club from Hienghène province will be looking for their biggest challenges of the season, when they play AS Pierrots Vauban Strasbourg of the 5th tier of football in France for the Coupe de France 7th round and FIFA Clubs World Cup when they play in December against Qatari national champions Al-Sadd.


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