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Crucial Game For Fiji

The bid from Oceania’s Member Associations to qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile gets underway in Apia, Samoa today with the six Group A teams opening their
13 Jan 2015 07:45

The bid from Oceania’s Member Associations to qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile gets underway in Apia, Samoa today with the six Group A teams opening their campaigns.

The match of the day is surely the 7pm encounter between Fiji and New Zealand, with the latter chasing their fifth consecutive title at this level.

Fiji are still riding high on their U-20 squad’s qualification for the FIFA U-20 World Cup and will be keen to add a trip to Chile to their highlights. While New Zealand are clear favourites to take out the group, with former OFC Champions League coaches Yogendra Dutt (Ba FC) and Kamal Swamy (Nadi FC) joining forces to lead the Fijian side they’re in good hands. Preparations have been ongoing during 2014, with efforts stepped up over the past three months as the countdown to kick-off got underway.

Under new coach Jose Figuera New Zealand are hoping to continue their dominant form at this level and secure tickets to their sixth FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Dubbed the group of death by some, hosts Samoa are joined by four-time defending champions New Zealand, 2013 runners-up New Caledonia, Fiji, Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea.

As hosts, Samoa will open the 16th edition of this competition against New Caledonia at 2pm at J.S. Blatter Football Complex in Tuanimoto.

The second match of the day sees Cook Islands take on Papua New Guinea in what will be a tough opener for both teams.

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