29 May 2012

Sport: Teams touch down in Solomon Islands ahead of football qualifiers

10:43 am on 29 May 2012

Four of the eight teams competing at the Oceania Nations Cup football tournament have now arrived in Honiara ahead of Friday's opening matches.

Squads from New Caledonia, Samoa and Vanuatu have touched down in the Solomon Islands capital while the hosts have returned home after completing a training camp in Malaita.

Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Tahiti are due to arrive on Tuesday with defending champs New Zealand jetting in from the United States on Wednesday.

The President of Solomon Islands Football Federation, Martin Alufurai, says it is a privilege for the country to play host over the next two weeks.