Malampa Revivors qualified for 2020 OFC Champions League knockout stage by beating Lae City from Papua New Guinea by 3-0 in the last matchday of Group B. The Ni-Vanuatu side finished the group stage unbeaten as they won one match and drew the other two.
That is the third Revivors’ appearence in the continental tournament. They made their debut in 2017 and played one more time in 2019 so it is their second straight season in the Champions League. Despite having played the tournament twice they arrived to this year’s edition with the mission of winning their first match in Champions League’s history as Revivors finished the 2017 edition with zero points in three matches while in 2019 they drew one match and lost the other two.
After two draws in the first two gamedays of 2020 OFC Champions League being the Group B hosts, people thought that the match against Lae City would be Malampa’s dead end and they would finish one more year without winning in the competiton.
However the Ni-Vanuatu side had an outstanding performance as they beat Lae by 3-0 to keep their unbeaten run in the current tournament. Andre Batick’s hat-trick will never be forgotten by the supporters. The striker did not last the previous match because he was suspended due as he saw the red card in the opening match against Lautoka.
Revivors’ qualification to the knockout stage is something remarkable specially for some players that represented the team in all participations in the Champions League as Andre Batick, Jeffery Tasso and Edwin Bai. Midfielder Claude Aru is another player that must be highlighted once he had very important role in the group stage. He was surely one of the best players from Group B this year.
Now it is time to get down to training and wait for their opponent in the quarterfinals.
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