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Team Wellington Wary Of Blues

Team Wellington Wary Of Blues
Lautoka Football Association president Abdul Kadar greets Team Wellington officials at Nadi International Airport on December 7, 2017. Photo: Anushil Kumar of Vodafone Fiji
December 08
10:59 2017

Lautoka Football boss calls on fans to come out in blue and cheer them on against the Kiwis

 

New Zealand national football league champions Team Wellington are not underestimating the Lautoka side when they meet in the first of two matches at Churchill Park tonight.

The 7pm clash is expected to draw the large following of Lautoka die-hard fans who two months ago witnessed their side lift the Courts Interdistrict Championship trophy on the same ground.

The sugar city fans have come to love their team but know their home side will be in for a tough battle against the visitors who contains four former All Whites reps, four national Under 20 players and four players who played for the Wellington Phoenix last year.

 

MAKING IT HAPPEN

For the Team Wellington side, the OFC Championship or O-League title has evaded them for the past three years having lost all finals to Auckland City and their aim is not to let that happen again when the championships starts in February next year.

Incidentally Team Wellington has beaten Auckland City for the New Zealand League Championship in the past two years.

“We are very honoured to be invited by Lautoka Football and the acknowledge the work done by Fiji Football for us to be here,” Team Wellington head coach Jose Figueira said soon after touching down at Nadi International Airport yesterday.

“It is a good build-up for the O-League next year.”

Team Wellington arrived with virtually their full team except for two players who had other commitments.

 

BIG TEST

Team Wellington manager Peter Becker said the players are excited to be here.

“The Lautoka side are the Fiji champions and we know they are very strong so we want to test our side against them,” Becker said.

“Our goal this year is to win the OFC championship and this preparation will help us in our build up.

“We expect Lautoka to be very physical and skilful and having played in the O-League we know the skills of the island teams,” Becker said.

 

HOME SUPPORT

Meanwhile Lautoka Football Association president Abdul Kadar has called on fans to come out in numbers wearing blue for the match tonight.

“Our sugar city side is honoured to have such a team playing on their home ground and at the same time a wonderful build up for the O- League.

“We are lucky in that we have managed to get a game in during preparation against the champion NZ league champions.” Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  charles. chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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