Fond farewell to Posa
He might have taken Auckland City to NZFC and O-League glory, but caretaker coach Paul Posa is happy to hand over the reins to someone else next season.
Posa’s last game in charge saw City draw 2-2 with Solomon Islands-based Koloale FC at Kiwitea St on Sunday, after taking over from former coach Colin Tuaa, who left the club mid-season.
Koloale’s Henry Fa’arodo opened the scoring late in the first half, defeating the home side’s keeper Jacob Spoonley.
Striker Keryn Jordan quickly brought things back for City, scoring two goals in two minutes after the break.
While Lency Saeni found the back of the net to tie things up in the 60th minute, it was nothing more than a consolation goal in the end.
The draw, along with a 7-2 victory over Koloale last week in Honiara, saw them crowned OLeague champions and qualify for Fifa’s World Club Cup in Abu Dhabi in December.
“It’s been a busy time, but it’s been good,” says Posa, who also runs a local dental practice.
“They did the job last week in the Solomons, which was a pretty unexpected result.
“If you’d said you’re going to draw 2-2 and win 7-2, you would have put your house on it being the other way around.”
Posa credits the form of Auckland City veterans Jordan and Grant Young for some of the success, along with a generally positive atmosphere around the team.
“The guys really gelled as a team,” he says.
“Unless that happens, you don’t win.”
While he won’t be going to Abu Dhabi as coach, there’s a good chance he’ll be cheering them on from the stands.
“I’m thrilled for the team to have the opportunity to play on the world stage.
“At our level it’s huge motivation. I’m still part of the club and I’ll play my part in the background somewhere.”
City are advertising for a new coach.
What a win: Auckland City captain Ivan Vicelich celebrates taking out the O-League title at Kiwitea St on Sunday.