The third ranking club in Vanuatu's National League, Spirit 08 has congratulated OFC O League Club champions over their inspiring performance at the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhapi, United Arab Emirates.
Auckland City claimed fifth place after they beat African Club Champion TP Mazemba and brought home US$1.5 million in prize money.
"Congratulations on a superb performance. First and foremost it must be exhilarating for your club to experience the results of many years of commitment and dedication on the global stage. Auckland City FC has become an inspiration to what a well organized and dedicated can achieve for our small (football) club in the islands of Vanuatu," a letter to the management of Auckland City FC and copied to OFC, the VFF, the PVFA and the media.
The Spirit 08 said Auckland City FC represented the best team in Oceania Football Confederation and progressed further than any other team from this region has ever done. " This in itself is a proud moment for the Oceania Football Confederation as you have reminded the world that football is alive and kicking in our corner," Spirit 08 management said.
Auckland City FC, which is arguably an amateur side if compared to the six clubs from FIFA Confederations that participated in the FIFA Club World Cup, beat hosts Al Ahli 2-0 and although they lost 0-3 to Mexico's Atlante they beat the Congolese giants Mazembe for the fifth place play-offs. "We wish your club every success in the coming year and assure you that our little club in Vanuatu will do our best to become a well organized and dedicated group of players and management. It is our hope to push the level of football in Vanuatu to a stage where we can consistently competitive with teams as yours," Spirit 08 said in their letter.
Meanwhile, local top clubs in the Premier Division here in Port Vila Football Association are busy with international transfer papers to bring in players from Fiji and the Solomon Islands to boost their 2009/2010 campaign for a berth in the O League club championship.
Compiled by RB