BY ROMULUS HUTA
TELEKOM S-League defending champions Solomon Warriors and Henderson Eels have secured the country’s two Oceania Club Champions League spots next season.
This follows the turnout of results over the weekend.
The Sunday encounter between KOSSA and Real Kakamora which ended in a two-all draw facilitated for the early qualification of Eels, while Warriors’ place was already determined after marching on with the 10-1 thrashing of FC Guadalcanal in the earlier contest yesterday.
KOSSA was aiming for one of the allocated spots in the region’s premier club competition next season prior to the contest with Real Kakamora after they find themselves trailing in third place with 22 points. However, the two-all draw yesterday took out the fighting chance they have and allowed Eels to take the honour despite still having a match to spare.
With the two-coveted Oceania spots now occupied, the battle for the league’s title is still on between leaders Warriors and Eels, subjected to the results of this weekend’s final round of actions at Lawson Tama Stadium.
Winning the league comes with another opportunity and that is to host the Group D competition of the Oceania Champions League at home next year.
A win for the Moses Toata’s side in the final fixture against Malaita Kingz this Saturday will certainly hand the three-time TSL winners their fourth domestic title and also the opportunity to host the Group D competition.
The same goes for Eels where they will have to wait on the result between Warriors and Kingz, who are playing in the 2pm contest on Saturday to see if there is any slip-up by the defending champions before taking on KOSSA at Sunday 4pm.
Meanwhile, Warriors continue to dominate the table after bagging another three points against FC Guadalcanal. After 13 matches, they remain at the top with 29 points ahead of Eels, who trails in the second place with 27 points after recording a vital 6-2 win over Marist on Saturday, while KOSSA remain in third place with 23 points.
Malaita Kingz is in the fourth position with 20 points after seeing off Western United 2-1 on Saturday.
See TSL current standing below.
TSL updated Table as at
|2.||Henderson Eels FC||13||8||3||2||43||21||+22||27|
|4.||Malaita Kingz FC||13||6||2||5||26||25||+1||20|
|6.||Real Kakamora FC||13||4||4||5||25||37||-12||16|