United set for first test

SOLOMON Islands champions Western United may have been the last team confirmed for the Fiji Airways Oceania Champions League but they have more than enough firepower in their arsenal to upset some of the favourites.

Coach Ricardo Devivo said on paper the team looked to finish last in the pool but the story on the field would be a different one.

“We have been drawn into the group of death and we know that this would be a very tough pool. We are seeded fifth and technically in the pool we are last behind the first seed, the second seed and Suva. On paper we should finish last,” Devivo said.

“But we have worked our socks off. This is a good group of players, they have been utter professionals, we have had some bumps in our preparation but they have overcome everything. We will just give our 100 per cent.”

The Solomons champions face last year’s finalist Amicale. Devivo said the real story would unfold when the ball rolls at the ANZ Stadium.

“It is going to be a tough match. They are the finalists from last year. They have changed in 12 months. We don’t particularly know them,” he said.

Western United are the champions of the Solomon Islands football league.

While they are new to the Champions League, some of its players are not. Players like James Naka and Benjamin Totori are well known in the region and they are joined upfront by another familiar name, Abraham Iniga.

Western United: Fabrizio Pritico, Phillip Mango, Navusu Kitu, Alec Wickham, Tome Faisi, George Kakai, Loni Qaraba, George Stevenson, Michael Sira, Abraham Maezama, Freddie Kini, Timothy Bakale, Jeffery Bule, Rasid Kamara, Euan Murray, Himson Teleda, Molis Gagame, Joses Nawo, James Naka, Benjamin Totori, Abraham Iniga, Karol Kakate, Gagame Feni, Richard Hiromana, Lenson Bisili, John Agbo.

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