18 Jun 2013

Sport: Tahiti realistic ahead of Confederations Cup debut

10:27 am on 18 June 2013

Tahiti are keeping their expectations in check ahead of their debut at the Confederations Cup football tournament in Brazil on Monday.

The Oceania champions are a lowly 138th in the world rankings and are competing in a major FIFA tournament for the first time.

Greece based striker Marama Vahirua is the only professional player in the team but will also be making his international debut at the tournament.

Their opening match against Nigeria kicks off within the hour and head coach Eddy Etaeta says the squad is looking forward to the challenge.

"We prepare the physical, the tactical but we are realistic - Nigeria is better than us. I want to focus on the motivation we have to represent Oceania in Brazil."

Tahiti will also face World and European champions Spain, along with Uruguay, in the group stages of the tournament.