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Rewa Rope In Top Guns For Champions League

A United States Major League Soccer (MLS) football player could play for Rewa in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League in March, next year. Rewa Football Association president Nazeel
13 Dec 2016 11:07
Rewa Rope In Top Guns For Champions League

A United States Major League Soccer (MLS) football player could play for Rewa in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League in March, next year.

Rewa Football Association president Nazeel Buksh confirmed yesterday that they are trying to bring one of the newly crowned MLS champions Seattle Sounders FC strikers to play for them in the Champions League. “Our supporters in US are helping us get the player over to play for us,” he said.

“We want to strengthen our team for this competition. There are three players altogether from US along with two from Australia and New Zealand state league championship that we will like to bring over to play for us in the Champions League as well. We are really interested on the MLS player at the moment.

“This particular player is in the MLS squad and having someone of his calibre will really strengthen the team. We will be having our trial in January and want to have these overseas players attend the trial before making a final selection for the Champions League. Rewa make their first appearance in the Champions League and the side along with Ba are out to qualify for next year’s FIFA Club World Cup from the Oceania region.

“We want to take the best team so we have started our preparation but the final trial is in January where we will select the best.”

Buskh said they are taking a serious approach for the Champions League and they have started with the training.

“Our players have started training from last week and we are happy with the players who have attended. We will play our group match in Tahiti so it will be tough.”

Rewa are drawn in a tough pool D where the play hosts Tefana, and top  clubs from the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

“We want to win the group match so that we can host the semi-final at our home ground. We are confident that the team to compete in this tourney will be competitive at that level to qualify for the Club World Cup,” Buskh added.

In the past Champions League outing, Fijian teams failed to progress beyond the semi-final stages of the competition.

Last year both Nadi and Suva failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition as they were bundled out in pool plays.

Ba were the only side that came close in 2007 but lost to Waitakere United in the away goal rule that ruined the side’s chances of representing the country to the Club World Cup.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

 


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