New Caledonia: Tiga Sport proceeds to OFC Champions League group stage for the first time

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Tiga Sport secured an impressive 2-0 win over former OFC Champions League winners Hienghène Sport at Stade Numa Daly in Nouméa. This victory was all the more remarkable as it allowed Tiga Sport to progress to the OFC Champions League group stage tournament for the first time in their history.

The game started off with both teams looking to take control of the match and assert their dominance. However, it was Tiga Sport who took the lead in the 15th minute through Morgan Mathelon. The goal was a result of some excellent build-up play from Tiga’s midfield, and Mathelon showed great composure to finish clinically from the edge of the box.

Hienghène Sport tried to respond and get back into the game, but Tiga’s defence stood strong and kept them at bay. Tiga’s captain, Shene Welepane, then doubled their lead in the 25th minute after a communication mistake from Hienghène’s defence. Welepane seized on the opportunity, dribbled past the keeper, and slotted the ball home to put Tiga in a commanding position.

Tiga players celebrate their first goal – Eleven Sports

Despite some late pressure from Hienghène Sport, Tiga held on to secure a memorable 2-0 victory. The victory was well deserved for Tiga Sport, who had also won the first leg of the tie 3-1. The aggregate score of 5-1 meant that Tiga progressed to the group stage of the OFC Champions League, where they will represent New Caledonia. You can watch the highlights of the match by clicking here.

For Tiga Sport, this was a significant achievement and a momentous occasion in their history. It was a historic moment for Tiga Sport, who won the 2022 national league of New Caledonia to earn their place in the play-offs. The victory over Hienghène Sport, a team with a rich history in the OFC Champions League, is a testament to the quality of football being played by the team coached by Léonardo Lopez.

Tiga Sport will now look forward to testing themselves against some of the best teams in the Oceania region, and they will hope to make a strong impression in their debut campaign in the OFC Champions League.


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