Nalkutan FC entered the 2018 Oceania Champions League as the new comers to the competition, unlike Cook Islands club champions, Tupapa Maraerenga FC, Papua New Guinea’s Toti City FC and Fiji’s Ba FC, who are regulars at the competition each year.
With Nalkutan FC’s second pool game win against Tupapa on Tuesday, Nalkutan has already booked itself in the quarter finals, to be drawn at the end of the week.
An unknown in the competition, Nalkutan pulled off the impossible to qualify for the knock out stage, coming from outside of the Vanuatu Football Federation Elite League, Port Vila Football Association, Tafea Football Associatoin club champions Nalkutan FC keep on impressing.
Nalkutan FC president, Iau Tuan made a statement on Friday last week, that the club’s aim is to qualify for the knockout stage, and as of yesterday, they achieved it.
Going into their last Pool match on Friday, Nalkutan FC will be without their top goal scorer, James Naka, after he was sent off for a violent conduct on the field and Joses Nawo, both with red cards.
For Nawo however he will play in the knock out stage, however Naka will miss the ‘home’ quarter final match.