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Blues to play OFC fixtures in New Zealand

Pravin Narain
Friday, November 03, 2017

LAUTOKA, the 2017 Vodafone Premier League winner, will play their Oceania Football Confederation Champions League matches in New Zealand from February 24 to March 4 next year.

The team which won the Pillay Garments Champion vs Champion series, Courts Inter-District Championship and VPL had been in form in domestic football.

The Kamal Swamy-coached side is pooled with eight-time champion Auckland City, Madang FC and AS Venus.

OFC competitions director Chris Kemp said the continuation of this format offers OFC member associations, and the clubs themselves, something to capitalise on.

"Local communities are being offered a chance to watch the teams they've followed all season compete on the highest stage the region has to offer," the OFC website reported.

"It also provides an opportunity for these teams to reward their fans."

Fiji's second best team Ba which also qualified will play their matches in Vanuatu where they will play Nalkutan FC, Lae City Dwellers and the qualifying stage winners in Port Vila from February 10-18.

"This format allows us to join with the participating clubs and associations to successfully welcome and host the group stages of this competition," the wesbsite further reported.

"For our department it is always beneficial to work with our colleagues across the region both to share our experiences and learn more about the facilities and football culture in each of these nations.

"We are very excited to work with Tahiti and Auckland City on this event for a second year, and look forward to delivering the group matches in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu for the first time."

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