Group Stage ‘Best XI’ – OFC Champions League 2020

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Oceania Football Center analysed all matches of OFC Champions League’ group stage that ended in the last weekend and we are here to highlight the best players of the tournament so far.

Through our staff analysis, we voted the best starting eleven position-by-position according to team and individual performances in the group stage of the tournament. Our team is composed by one goalkeeper, two central-backs, one left-back and one right-back in the defensive system. In the midfield, we have one holding midfielder, one playmaker and one attacking-midfielder. In attack we have three players: once central striker, two wingers – one for the left, another for the right: we have a here a 4-3-3 system.

Goalkeeper: 🇳🇿 Danyon Drake – 🇳🇿 Eastern Suburbs AFC

The goalkeeper of Eastern Suburbs from New Zealand helped his side to proceed as the group A winners; he played all minutes in the tournament and did not commit major mistakes and was always safe when coming from his goal.

Right-Back: 🇳🇿 Kelvin Kalua – 🇳🇿 Eastern Suburbs AFC

The young defender of Eastern Suburbs was one of the most efficient players during the entire tournament: the right-back was effective helping his side in defense – none of the goals conceded by Eastern Suburbs came form his side of the pitch – and being also very dangerous supporting his teammates upfront.

Central-Back: 🇻🇺 Brian Kaltak – 🇳🇿 Auckland City FC

The powerful Ni-Vanuatu international was probably the best player of the nine-time champions Auckland City in their first three matches in the competition. Scoring twice in the process, Kaltak helped Auckland City to secure three clean sheets in all matches of the tournament – all matches where Kaltak featured. The player made almost zero passing errors during the tournament, being very effective in his celesta and also helping a lot his side upfront.

Central-Back: 🇳🇨 Pothin Poma – 🇵🇫 AS Vénus

The New Caledonian Pothin Poma made a very strong defensive duo alongside Kevin Barbe for AS Vénus. The 23-year-old central defender shown a lot of his skills and helped his team to qualify for the quarterfinals. Poma and Vénus recuded the strong Auckland City to only one goal scored in their match and was very good when having the ball in his feet.

Left-Back: 🇻🇺 Jesse Kalopong – 🇻🇺 Malampa Revivors FC

The young Jesse Kalopong shown his potential when playing the OFC Champions League for the Luganville-based side Malampa Revivors. The left-back was very calm when having the ball and was a very important piece of the ‘possesion-ball system’ of his side. Very strong defensively, the former Erakor Golden Star player was active in attack and provided good balls to his teammates upfront.

Defensive Midfielder: 🇳🇿 Mario Ilich – 🇳🇿 Auckland City FC

The strong Mario Ilich was a rock at midfield for the nine-time champions. Very consistent in all matches played of his side in the tournament, the former Team Wellington man was also influential in the making of Auckland City offensive plays – a type of player that allows your playmakers to be free to create, because they know their back is covered.

Midfielder: 🇧🇷 Roberson – 🇻🇺 Galaxy FC

The Brazilian midfielder was pure class for the Ni-Vanuatu side Galaxy FC in the group A of the tournament. Roberson scored twice in the tournament and gave two assists for his teammates, being instrumental for his side to continue in the tournament, proceeding to the knock-out stage. Praised for the fans as the best player ever to play in Vanuatu, the Brazilian was a constant threat for the defenders during the competition and provided some magical skills for the fans.

Midfielder: 🇳🇨 Fonzy Ranchain – 🇳🇨 AS Magenta

The new man of AS Magenta shows he is certainly a very good signing for the current runners-up of OFC Champions League. Magenta proceeds as winners of group C and Fonzy Ranchain performances in the tournament were crucial for his side success. Scoring once in the two players his side played in the competition, Ranchain was the main-man at midfield for his side, distribuing very well the ball with magnificent passing skills – creating good scoring chances for his teammates.

Right-Winger: 🇸🇧 Joses Nawo – 🇸🇧 Henderson Eels

Joses Nawo was the most influential player for Henderson Eels in the tournament, his very good performances allowed his team to qualify once again for the quarterfinals of the competition. Nawo was instrumental in the fantastic comeback of Eels against Lautoka in the decisive clash of the group B, where he scored the winning goal of the game that made his team qualify for the knock-out stage.

Striker: 🇺🇾 Martin Bueno – 🇳🇿 Eastern Suburbs AFC

Probably the best player of Champions League so far, the Uruguyan Bueno shown what he is capable of in the group stage of the regional tournament: the striker scored six goals for his club Eastern Suburbs – two in each of three matches he featured – and was instrumental for the qualification of his side as group A winners.

Left-Winger: 🇵🇫 Teaonui Tehau – 🇵🇫 AS Vénus

The AS Vénus captain and Tahiti football legend Teoanui Tehau was the key-player of his side once again. Scoring four goals in the process, Tehau had a hattrick in his final game against the Fijian side Ba to confirm his side spot in the knock-out stage. The captain was influential to his team, leading my example and guiding his teammates to a very good performance at home.

Martin Bueno – OFC Media

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