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Cooks versus Tonga in OFC preliminary match

Thursday 13 January 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Soccer, Sports

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Cooks versus Tonga in OFC preliminary match
Image/COOK ISLANDS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

The match schedule has been confirmed for March’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 OFC preliminary competition, which will be staged in Qatar.

The tournament will determine which nation will represent Oceania in the FIFA intercontinental play-off in June 2022, from which the winner earns a spot at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 finals. 

A standalone match between the two lowest-ranked OFC nations, Tonga and the Cook Islands, will be held on March 13 to determine who qualifies through to join Group A and contest the preliminary competition.

Cook Islands Football Association will consider players of Cook Islands descent living in Australia and New Zealand alongside leading local stars for this match.

CIFA’s Pauline Dean earlier said initially they were not certain about participating in this tournament. The decision to compete in this event was made following the easing of international borders.

Meanwhile Group A, which will be made up of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tahiti and the qualifying match winner, will have its first Match Day on March 17.

Group B, containing New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, will have its first Match Day on March 18.

All final Group Stage matches will be played on March 24, followed by semi-finals – involving the two top nations from each group – on March 27 and the final on March 30. 

-OFC Media/RK