Nikao Sokattak’s Mark Leito celebrates after scoring against Rewa. Photo: Phototek/22080547
Nikao Sokattak went down to Fiji’s Rewa FC 1-3 in their opening game of the OFC Champions League 2022 at Ngahue Reserve in Auckland.
Abbu Zahid’s brace and Tevita Waranaivalu’s strike earned the win for the Fijian side but Mark Leito created history by scoring his side’s first ever goal in the main stage of the region’s flagship competition.
enjoyed a perfect start, albeit in fortuitous fashion. Rusiate Matarerega’s
effort from range deflected into the path of Zahid to score within the opening
Sokattak responded well to the early set-back and immediately set to causing
Rewa’s defence problems, captain Stephen Willis’s long throws and Grover
Harmon’s dead ball skills causing issues.
David had a shot deflected wide before Toru Mateariki and Nuku Mokoroa both had
opportunities for the Cook Islands side.
was then denied by the formidable Tahiri Elikana in the Nikao Sokattak goal
before Rewa bookended the opening period with goals. The Fijian side led 2-0 at
will take on Auckland City in their second Group B clash on Sunday (Cook
Islands time) with the New Zealanders on a high after winning 5-0 against
reigning champions Hienghène Sport, who await Nikao Sokattak in their second
fixture later the same day.