The current title holders of OFC Champions League will not count on some important players of their squad to take on Hekari United, Eastern Suburbs and Galaxy FC in the Group A of the OFC Champions League 2020. The 18-men squad of Hienghène Sport from New Caledonia – the champions of Mobil Super Ligue, Coupe de Calédonie and OFC Champions League in 2019 – will not count with some key players that held their team in the dream season they had in 2019.
Hienghène will not count on the usual starters and New Caledonian internationals Geordy Gony, Anthony Kaï and Miguel Kayara, players with important roles in their road to the continental glory in the last edition of the competition. The midfielder Geordy Gony was crucial for Hyehen as he scored two important goals in knock-out stage against Ba from Fiji and Team Wellington from New Zealand. Giani Kayara, Joris Gorendiawe and Yewene Yewene will be also missing the tournament. According to reliable sources, the players will not be travelling to Port Moresby due job commitments, as they were not being released to take part in the competition – also remembering Hienghène Sport works as an amateur/semi-professional team despite their recent sucess.
Despite missing some important members of the squad, Oceania Football Center talked to midfielder Joseph Athalé and he seemed very positive about the competition: “We expect to advance to the knock-out stage,” stated the player that got worldwide recognition for his performance against Al-Sadd in their 3-1 defeat in the last FIFA Clubs World Cup.
Hienghène’s squad is still full of important players even missing the likes of Gony and Miguel Kayara; the legendary Bertrand Kaï, the two-time OFC Champions League champion Roy Kayara, the goalkeeper Rocky Nyikeine and the asset forward Amy Antoine Roine – that scored in the grand final in 2019 and also in the FIFA Clubs World Cup – are all travelling with the team to Port Moresby to feature in the Group A of the OFC Champions League edition of 2020.