Solomon Warriors have topped the Telekom S-League to qualify for the OFC Champions League 2018 with just one match remaining in the competition after an impressive record which has seen them win 11 of their 13 games in the 2017/18 season.
They will be joined in the region’s premier international club competition by Marist FC after they put themselves out of Henderson Eels’ reach at the weekend, OFC reports.
Solomon Warriors will return to the regional stage after a one-year hiatus, and coach Moses Toata is delighted his team gave their all throughout the season and should enjoy their success.
Toata said the opinions of many were that his side may not have had what it took to get back into the Champions League.
“You showed many who followed you that doing a great job is not always about impressive innovations, sometimes it’s only about plain dedication and hard work,” he said.
That hard work included a thrilling 4-3 victory over the defending champions Marist back in September.
Marist got their own back in November when they pipped the league leaders 2-1 to push their way back up the ladder to second.
That’s where the side remains after a season that included nine wins, two draws and two losses.
Solomon Warriors will travel to Tahiti where they will play AS Dragon, AS Lossi and Erakor Golden Star.