THE Moise Poida coached Vanuatu team is gunning for an upset win over favourites New Zealand today in bid to keep their hopes alive in the OFC U20 play-offs.
The Vanuatu team shocked Fiji scoring two early goals in the opening match before succumbing to a 2-3 loss at the end.
Poida said the loss had made their campaign difficult.
"Three points in the first game would have been beneficial for us," he said.
"It has become difficult but we always stay positive. There are three more games left so the hope is still there."
"We will take each match seriously and aim to bounce back. New Zealand will be tough but we will try to upset them. The boys will go out there and give their best shot."
The afternoon heat in Lautoka should favour the Vanuatu team. The side will be heavily relying on Seloni Iaruel and Jean Kaltack both of whom represented the country in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup. Vanuatu finished third in the 2011 OFC U20 play-offs in New Zealand. The Vanuatu versus New Zealand fixture kicks-off at 2pm at Churchill Park.