19 Oct 2007

Vanuatu working to have stadium ready for Oceania match against All Whites

11:30 am on 19 October 2007

Vanuatu has till early next month to have its stadium at Port Vila up to scratch to host the All Whites. New Zealand was to face Vanuatu this month in its opening Oceania football World Cup qualifier but it was replaced by the fractious Fiji game to give the South Pacific Games bronze medallist time to get its faciltites up to FIFA standards. Seamus Martin, from the Oceania Football Confederation's competitions department, says Vanuatu must show its readiness early next month.

"A deadline has been set for November 3rd - two weeks before the match. There are apparently contigency plans running in the form of possible neutral venues, and there are other possibilities like Australia."