Confidence high among qualifying rivals

Friday January 25, 2019 Written by Published in Soccer
Tonga’s Lotoha’apai United FC is ready for the OFC Champions League Qualifiers. 19012418 Tonga’s Lotoha’apai United FC is ready for the OFC Champions League Qualifiers. 19012418

The champion clubs from Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga arrived on Wednesday and have begun their preparations for the OFC Champions league qualifiers, kicking off tomorrow at the CIFA Complex in Matavera.

 

Each team believes that their chances at moving to the next stage are very strong, as this time around, two teams will qualify.

Coach of Tonga’s Lotoha’apai United FC Lui Muavesi said their preparation had been hard.

He said their training was based around the players’ fitness, adding building up their fitness levels was their major goal.

The team representing American Samoa, Pago Youth FC, also saying it was hard to prepare and had a similar training focus.

Their coach, Rambo Tapui, said that in previous years, their fitness levels have not quite been up to standard but feels that has now improved.

Pago Youth FC, has not qualified for the OFC Champions league before, however with the addition of a second team qualifying this time around, they think that their chances have increased immensely.

Tapui, also said that a key player to watch out for is their captain Ryan Samuelu, because of the experience he has in football, representing the country American Samoa for six years now, and also the club.

Lotoha’apai FC will take on Pago Youth at 2.30pm, followed by the local side Tupapa Maraerenga taking on Kiwi FC at 5.30pm.

                -CIFA Media 

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