9 Apr 2014

Sport: Familiar faces return to O-League

10:40 am on 9 April 2014

A couple of familiar faces return to the Oceania Champions League on Wednesday, following an extended absence.

Samoa's Kiwi FC will play their first O-League match in 15 years against two-time champions Waitakere United from New Zealand.

Kiwi has lost the influential trio of Adam Cowan, Andy Barron and Shaun Easthope from the preliminary tournament and will have to counter the attacking threat of the O-League's record scorer Benjamin Totori.

Tahiti's Pirae are also returning from an eight year absence at this level.

They play the Solomon Warriors first up, whose manager Dr Kenton Sade is expecting a gruelling week ahead.

"Three games in the space of almost ten days, it's almost like a lottery. If you play your game [and] tactics right on the day you get the goods. If you're able to finish in the top position you get to qualify for the semi finals, which is home and away. I think like the three other teams in our pool this is where we are aiming as well so our first two games are pretty much important games for us to come up with a good result."