Futsal championship teams set to arrive

TEAMS for the 2016 Oceania Football Confederation Futsal Championship will start arriving in the country today.

Tournament coordinator Amitesh Pal said a lot would be at stake for the teams when competition starts on Monday at the Vodafone Arena.

“The teams will start coming from tomorrow (today) and a few will be coming in the next couple of days,” he said.

“They will be having their first official training session from Sunday for the championship.

“We have also looked at the venue as there were few areas that needed improvement and the Fiji Sports Council is working on that. We will be inspecting the venue tomorrow (today) again.”

Pal said the winner of the competition will earn direct entry for the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Colombia from September 10 – October 1.

“The winner will get a direct entry to the futsal World Cup which will be played in Colombia. It is a very good opportunity for the Pacific Island team to get an entry into the World Cup. Futsal is a sport where anything can happen and teams can go at that level and create wonders.

“We have teams with equal strength with Tahiti, New Zealand, Solomon Islands. Solomon Islands did a grand preparation with the Australian tour while New Zealand is preparing well,” he said.

Vodafone Fiji will take on New Caledonia on Monday at 3pm while Vanuatu takes on New Zealand at 5.30pm and in the final match of the day Solomon Islands will play Tahiti at 8pm.

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