The team’s achievement was celebrated during a dinner function hosted by family and friends on Wednesday.
The two pu tapere of Tupapa Maraerenga as well as the iconic sporting figure in the village, Papa Teanua Dan Kamana were present at the dinner.
While congratulating the team, Papa Dan Kamana said he was proud to witness Tupapa Maraerenga overcoming international clubs from Tonga, Samoa and American Samoa at the tournament.
Also at the function last week, the president of Tupapa Centre presented the team with a cheque of $3000 and TEMs Store representatives Tere and Maryanne Strickland blessed the team with a further $1000 to assist them with their preparation for the remainder of the championship.
Tupapa Maraerenga FC president Grover Harmon thanked the village for putting on the kaikai and especially Tere Strickland of Tupapa Center and Maryanne Strickland of TEMs Store for the “huge donation”.
He ensured that the club would put their contributions to good use during the championship.
Tupapa Maraerenga progressed through to the OFC Champions League group stage by dominating the qualifying leg in American Samoa.
The side will play Papua New Guinea’s champion football club Lae City Dwellers FC at 5pm this Friday in their opening group stage match. - CIFA Media