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Good Build Up For Suva, Nadi

Suva and Nadi will be using their outing at the Pacific Cup in New Zealand this week as a build up for the 2016 Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League
17 Nov 2015 15:47
Good Build Up For Suva, Nadi

Suva and Nadi will be using their outing at the Pacific Cup in New Zealand this week as a build up for the 2016 Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League in April.

The pool draws for the OFC Champions League was revealed yesterday and places both teams in tough pools. Suva is in Group B with Team Wellington (NZL), Hekari United (PNG) and AS Lossi (NCL).

Nadi is in Group C with AS Magenta (NCL), AS Tefana (TAH) with the third team yet to be confirmed after the OFC Champions League Preliminary winner is decided between Utulei Youth FC (ASA), Kiwi FC (SAM), Veitonga FC (TGA) and Tupapa Maraerenga (COK).

Nadi Football Association president Navneeda Gounder was happy with the groupings.

We are pooled with fairly good teams who are in the OFC Champions League for a reason and we need to do our best.

“We are lucky that we have this Pacific Cup because it also provides a platform for us to prepare well.”

Nadi was the first team from Fiji to take part in the OFC Champions League in 1999 where they lost to New South Wales in the final.

This will be their third time after they failed to make it to the knockout stages in 2013.

Meanwhile, Suva Football Association president Mahendra Prasad said they faced a much tougher pool but welcome the challenge.

“We can say that we are in a tough pool but having that challenge and playing against tough teams is good thing also because it drives us to work harder,” Prasad said.

“There is a lot that has to be done in order for us to be dangerous in our pool but we are hoping to include new players into the squad before the Champions League.

“We have four overseas-based players who are playing in the Pacific Cup and that is a good area for us to test them and see how well they perform and fit in with the team, if they are good we will include them in the squad to the O’League.”

The 2016 OFC Champions League will be held in Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand on April 8-23.

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