Malampa Reviovors made history recently in Luganville where they hosted the Group B of the 2020 OFC Champions League; the current Ni-Vanuatu national champions qualified for the first time ever for the knock-out stage of the regional tournament as they topped the group beating Lae City from Papua New Guinea and having draws in the process against Lautoka from Fiji and Henderson Eels from Solomon Islands.
As COVID-19 hit Oceania, clubs were forced to stop their activities and Malampa Revivors is now returning slowly their trainings in Luganville. While this period, football in Port Vila, Vanuatu’s capital, is also in the early stages to its restart: it is reported PVFA is will organize the traditional Independence Cup in the following weeks. Approaching this period, two important players of Revivors are in the capital currently warming up for the OFC Champions League: the defender Tasso Jeffrey and the midfielder Dondy Kileteir.
Both Jeffrey and Kileteir played a major role in the succesful campaign of the Luganville powerhouse in the OFC Champions League – the Revivors’ stars are playing friendly matches in Port Vila in the squad of Erakor Golden Star, another very important team of Vanuatu football scenario that currently plays in the top-tier of Port Vila regional league.
The partnership agreed between both clubs to give game time to Jeffrey and Kileteir was appreciated by Luganvile football community that thanked Erakor Golden Star in social media for their efforts allowing the players to be part of the squad in these non-competitive matches.
The OFC Champions League resumption date is still unsure; none of the clubs qualified for the quarterfinals know their opponents yet. Oceania Football Confederation appointed that the competition is likely to restart this September.