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Ocenia football happy with preparations

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, May 23, 2014

THE Oceania Football Confederation is impressed with the preparation done by the Fiji Football Association and the other stakeholders in the lead-up to the OFC under-20 Championship.

The tournament, which starts today at the ANZ Stadium in Suva, is the qualifying event for the FIFA U20 World Cup.

Fiji, American Samoa, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea are participating in the week-long tournament.

OFC head of media and communication Gordon Watson said the stage was set for the tournament to start.

"We are satisfied with everything the Fiji Football has done and also the ANZ Stadium curators, it's a marvellous venue," Watson said.

"We are expecting a very closely contested tournament. The prize of qualification in the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand is a huge one, it's a great incentive.

"There is no New Zealand here so the door is wide open for Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, PNG even American Samoa and Solomon Islands to make a big impression because with the U20 World Cup over a year away, you have this massive building period to grow the game of football in the country but the question will be which of six it will be and that's the exciting part."

Watson said with availability of excellent facility and Fiji's good hosting reputation, OFC would be staging more tournaments in the country in future.

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