Madang FC’s fundraising efforts have paid off as the team jets out to New Zealand for the Oceania Champions League.
The Papua New Guinea runners up will play friendlies against Birkenhead United and Western Springs FC as they prepare for their group games in Auckland.
The trip had been in doubt after it was revealed the club did not have the funds for accommodation but enough money has now been raised to send them to the continent’s top tournament.
Coach Mauri Wasi told the Post Courier: ““It is massive because you never know when the next time you go and play at such a tournament again so you have to go and grab the opportunity with both hands.”
“Try to have a go and see where your standard is, standard of this region is and hopefully build from that to get better.”
Madang FC have boosted their squad for the tournament with the signing of Papua New Guinea captain and former Oceania Champions League winner Michael Foster.
They have also added Abel Redenut and defender Charles Lepani to a strong squad that includes striker Stahl Gubag, who has four goals in his last two games in the National Soccer League.
Madang have won two out of three games this season, drawing once, and will be hopeful of a quarter final place now that their place in the tournament has been confirmed.
Madang are due to play Auckland City, Lautoka FC and AS Venus in the group stage.