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Nadi's Oceania league home games moved

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, February 28, 2014

A decision to move Nadi's Oceania Championships League matches away from Prince Charles Park will affect their crowd support.

Oceania Football Confederation ruled that Prince Charles Park wasn't up to standard to host the regional play-offs in April.

As a result all of Nadi's matches have been shifted to Churchill Park in Lautoka.

Nadi Football Association president Navneeda Gounder said it was unfortunate that their games had been shifted.

Gounder said it was too early to say if transport arrangements would be made for their fans to travel to Lautoka.

"We have called off the training sessions for this week because of bad weather," he said.

Meanwhile in a press release, Oceania Football Confederation head of competitions Michael Song said an inspection group carried out a thorough evaluation of the stadium site of Prince Charles Park on February 12.

"Following the inspection and internal meetings held in Fiji and Auckland, a decision was taken that Prince Charles Park would not be ready to host six matches," Song said.

"Although further progress has been made on the pitch condition, the key criteria required to stage the Oceania Champions League matches have not been sufficiently met.

"The safety of spectators, teams and all other visitors to the stadium are of paramount importance."

Nadi is in Group B of the competition with defending champions Auckland City, Vanuatu champions Amicale FC and Tahiti champions AS Dragons.

Ba is in Group C with Papua New Guinea champions Hekari United, Tafea FC of Vanuatu and AS Magenta of New Caledonia.

Group A has Kiwi FC of Samoa, AS Pirae of Tahiti, Waitakere United of New Zealand and the winner of the Solomon Islands S-League which will be decided next month.

The play-offs will be held from April 7 to April 15.

The group winners and the best placed runner-up will qualify for the semi-finals which will be played on a home and away basis.

The venue for the Oceania Champions League final on May 10 will be announced later.

The winner will gain direct entry to the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco in December.