Tupapa Maraerenga vs Lae City Dwellers in the Oceania Champions League live stream, teams and preview

The Cook Islands champions take on the winners of the Papua New Guinea Premier League in the opening game of the Oceania Champions League group stage.

Lae City Dwellers will be favourites for the tie but Tupapa Maraerenga have three wins in the tournament already as they breezed through qualifying with an astonishing 15 goals in three games.

Tupapa Maraerenga vs Lae City Dwellers – Oceania Champions League Group A

When: Saturday 10 February 2pm (Vanuatu time), 1pm (Papua New Guinea time)
Where: Korman Stadium, Port Vila, Vanuatu
How to watch the game: The Oceania Football Confederation streamed the qualifiers on a streaming website. No details have been released for the group stage but this section will be updated when we know more.

Team lineups

Lineups will appear here

Tupapa Maraerenga review

Colours: White and black

Pic: Tokoa Harmon

Tupapa Maraerenga are the Cook Islands champions and qualified for the Oceania Champions League with ease.

In their first game at Pago Pago Stadium in American Samoa the team beat Lupe ole Soaga of Samoa 1-0 in a tense affair. A 74th minute penalty from English striker Sean Latimer was enough to beat 10-man Lupe.

In the next two games Tupapa beat Veitongo of Tonga 9-2 and hosts Pago Youth of American Samoa 5-0.

Their two best players were striker Latimer and young Cook Islands striker Maro Bonsu-Maro, who scored five goals each in the qualifiers.

Latimer is an old-fashioned target man with an eye for goal and Bonsu-Maro is a pacy striker with excellent dribbling skills.

Behind them defender Hone Fowler plies his trade in the winter leagues in New Zealand, while attacking midfielder Grover Harmon is an international with an eye for goal thanks to his later surges into the box.

Lae City Dwellers review

Colours: Yellow

Lae City Dwellers nearly missed the tournament due to lack of funds but were rescued by Toti Biscuit company.

In honour of the deal the club has changed its name to Toti City Dwellers but will keep the name Lae for the Oceania Champions League.

The Papua New Guinea champions have a talented squad and have started the domestic season with a 3-2 win over Besta followed by an 8-1 thrashing of Buang and an incredible 7-2 win over fellow Champions League qualifiers Madang FC.

A 2-1 victory over FC Momase means a 100% star to the season and makes them clear favourites for this opener.

Veteran Papua New Guinea striker Raymond Gunemba and strike partner Nigel Dabinyaba are the best players in the team and have six goals each in four games.

Emmanual Simon is a dominating midfielder and Solomon Islands recruit Tutizama Tanito is a flying winger with bags of skill.

Goropaul Albert and Valentine Nelson will keep a tight defence, while goalkeeper Ronald Warisan famously streaked up the pitch to score for Toti in one league game a few years ago.

Who will win?

Lae City Dwellers are clear favourites and should win comfortably against the Cook Islands minnows.

Gunemba and Dabinyaba will be gunning for the top goalscorer award so expect plenty of goals in this match.

However, they should not get complacent and will need to be professional against an organised Tupapa team with two lethal strikers of their own.


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