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Fiji Aim To Host: Kumar

Fiji Football Association will be bidding to host the 2016 Oceania Nations Cup. The 2016 ONC also doubles as the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament for the Oceania region.
15 Jun 2015 10:32
Fiji Aim To Host: Kumar

Fiji Football Association will be bidding to host the 2016 Oceania Nations Cup.

The 2016 ONC also doubles as the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament for the Oceania region.

Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Bob Kumar said they would be bidding to host the tournament when Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) opens the bidding process.

“This will be the important tournament and we will definitely bid to host the tournament,” Kumar said. The tournament winner will also qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Tahiti represented Oceania in the Confederations Cup in 2013.

The first round of the tournament will accommodate four Pacific Island national sides Cook Islands, American Samoa and Tonga who will play a round-robin tournament at a single venue. The winner will advance to the second round which will have eight teams, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tahiti and Vanuatu.

Meanwhile, the Vodafone national side play their second game in the Four Nations Friendship Cup against New Caledonia today at 3pm.

The side will be out to win their first match in the tournament after a 1-1 draw against Solomon Islands in the opening game on Saturday.

Host Vanuatu is the team to beat in the tournament after defeating New Caledonia 1-0 in the opening match.

Fiji’s last game against Vanuatu is on Wednesday at 3pm.

Fiji is currently ranked 195th in the FIFA rankings and a win in the tournament will enhance the side’s ranking.

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