2 Apr 2014

Sport: Faith in youth pays off for Vanuatu's Tafea FC

12:30 pm on 2 April 2014

A focus on youth has paid off Vanuatu football club Tafea FC, who return to the Oceania Champions League next week for the first time in four years.

The National Super League champions dominated domestic football in Vanuatu for close to two decades, winning 16 titles, before rivals Amicale FC won three straight.

Head coach Moise Poida says that forced Tafea to go back to basics.

"We come up to win again because when we started to lose a game then we started to work with the young players - then after three years we get the result to come back as the Vanuatu champions. All of my team members they have all gone through the academy programme since 2009 and after, when they left the academy, I bring them back to put them in the Tafea programme so I could coach them or continue to work with them."

The team is in Group C alongside Hekari United from PNG, Magenta from New Caledonia and Fiji's Ba.

Defender Fedy Vava is the only member of the Tafea squad to have played in the O-League before.