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Samoans want victory

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, May 23, 2014

THE American Samoans are ready to create the biggest upset in the Oceania Football Confederation under-20 Championship today.

The side will take on the favourites Vodafone Fiji in the opening match of the tournament at 2.30pm at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Vanuatu will play New Caledonia next followed by the Solomon Islands versus Papua New Guinea match.

American Samoa's head of delegation Tevita Taumua said they aimed to build on to their performance from their last regional outing.

"Twelve of our squad went to the OFC U17 Championship last year in Samoa and for only four of our squad this is their first time travelling internationally to a top level competition," he told OFC.

"I am confident our team will compete at this level. We are much more used to competing against sides like Tonga, Samoa and Cook Islands but they aren't here in Fiji. We are going to face teams from a higher level in Oceania and that presents us with a big challenge."

Fiji FA coaching director Carlos Buzzetti said they would not take the visitors lightly despite their poor form in the past championships.

"You must respect all opponents and concentrate on what your team is doing instead of watching what others do. We had a good preparation tour in New Zealand and played six games in 13 days so we feel ready and we are looking forward to Friday's first match," Buzzetti said.

Fiji:

1. Nairube Misiwani (GK), 2. Praneel Naidu, 3. Ganish Prasad, 4. Jale Dreloa, 5.Antonio Tivuni, 6. Mohammed Khan, 7. Nickel Chand, 8. Setareki Hughes, 9.Samuela Naibenia, 10. Junior Rao, 11. Josefa Koroi, 12. Ratu Tevita Waranaivalu, 13. Mataisi Toma, 14. Ravnit Shelvin Chand, 15. Saula Waqa,16.Jonetana Buksh, 17. Kolinio Sivoki, 18. Al-Taaf Mansoor Sahib, 19. Ashnil Raju 20. Shaneel Naidu (GK)

American Samoa

1. Fred Maiva (GK), 2. Johnny Sione, 3. Neemia Kaleopa, 4. Paul Collins, 5. Paia Ipiniu, 6. Sam Kome, 7. Rueben Rocha, 9. Ryan Paaga, 10. Sinisa Tua, 1. Falai Kerisiano, 12. Kaleopa Siligi, 13. Fala Levaula, 14. Tokilupelekina Afu, 15. David Alo, 16. Lotupo Lameta, 17. Henry Lameta, 18. Tokoita Vaieli, 23. Sione Haisila Moeaki (GK).








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