4 May 2013

Sport: Auckland City hoping past successes pay off

8:07 am on 4 May 2013

Auckland City football coach Ramon Tribulietx says his team will take a lot of confidence into the Oceania Champions League playoffs, knowing that they've been there and done it before.

The defending champions advanced to the semi finals as runners-up from Group B, thanks to a draw in Tahiti, and host Fijian champions Ba in Sunday's first leg.

Ba went through the group stage unbeaten and Tribulietx says he's been impressed.

"Our players have played these kind of games before, that's probably a slight advantage we've got. It's going to be tough - Ba, they're undefeated, they've scored a lot of goals, they've got the current golden boot as well. I've managed to watch a couple of games from them and they're a very good side, technically very good as well and also physically."

The opening leg of the other semi final between Amicale FC and Waitakere United is this afternoon in Port Vila.