The atypical season in New Caledonia was finished last weekend at Stade Yoshida, Koné. Four teams were in the battle for the title and spots in the next OFC Champions League; after being forced to postpone the final matchweek due conflicts in the country, Tiga Sport, Horizon Patho and the powerful duo AS Magenta and Horizon Patho entered in the field of play to decide the outcome of the 2020 season.
David Bearune and Lues Waya were the heroes for Tiga Sport and collected a famous victory against AS Magenta to clinch the Mobil Super Ligue title for the first time ever. The Maré-based Horizon Patho also has a lot to celebrate as they surpassed the former national league champions Hienghène Sport by 3-2, the hero of the day was Jean-Claude Jéwiné that scored a hattrick for his side.
The two results broken the domination of AS Magenta and Hienghène Sport in the football scenario of New Caledonia: since Gaïtcha in 2013 no other football club rather than Hienghène or Magenta won the national league. The achivement of Horizon Patho is also tremendous as the club will take place in their first ever international tournament – Tiga Sport as well. To confirm the size of the domination, the last time AS Magenta did not finish first or second in the national league was in 2013 – the last time they did not take part of an OFC Champions League edition.
Oceania will get to know two new clubs for the 2021 edition of its most important club competition – and they are coming from New Caledonia, where the last champions also come from. What can Tiga and Horizon Patho bring?