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Fiji to face New Caledonia

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, February 14, 2013

FIJI will face New Caledonia in the opening match of the Oceania Football Confederation Under-17 playoffs in Vanuatu on April 17.

The official draw for the tournament was conducted at the OFC headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand by OFC head of competitions David Firisua yesterday.

According to the OFC website, the tournament will be held on the island of Espiritu Santo from April 17-25.

The other participating countries include Cook Islands, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Cook Islands qualified for the main event after winning the preliminary tournament which also included American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga last month.

The teams will play each other once in a round robin tournament based on a league system.

The matches will be staged at the recently-redeveloped Chapuis Stadium in Luganville. The Melanesia Cup was the last international tournament played at the venue in 1998.

New Zealand is the defending champion. The side won the tournament in 2011 and qualified for the FIFA U17 World Cup in Mexico reaching the last 16.

The national U17 team coached by Kamal Swamy and Usenio Logaivou is expected to march into camp next month.

This year's OFC U17 winner will qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from October 17 to November 8.

Games: April 17 Papua New Guinea-Vanuatu, New Zealand-Cook Islands, Fiji-New Caledonia; April 19 Cook Islands-Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu-Fiji, New Caledonia-New Zealand; April 21 Vanuatu-New Zealand, Fiji-Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia-Cook Islands; April 23 Papua New Guinea-New Caledonia, New Zealand-Fiji, Cook Islands- Vanuatu; April 25 New Zealand-Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands-Fiji, New Caledonia- Vanuatu.


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