Fond farewell to Posa

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

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.

Photo: SHANE WENZLICK

What a win: Auck­land City cap­tain Ivan Vicelich cel­e­brates tak­ing out the O-League ti­tle at Ki­witea St on Sun­day.

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