27 Jan 2015

Sport: NZ favourites against Tahiti in Oceania U17 football final

1:19 pm on 27 January 2015

History favours New Zealand in the Oceania Under 17 football final against Tahiti, where the winner will earn a spot at the Under 17 World Cup in Chile later this year.

The Young All Whites have won the past four regional championships dating back to 2007.

Both teams have been dominant en-route to the final, with New Zealand winning six from six and Tahiti five from five.

The New Zealand coach Jose Figuiera plans to stick to the same winning formula in Pago Pago.

"The approach won't change. We're clear how we want to play - we want to dominate possession and be brave on the ball and be positive. Just because today was the semi and Monday (local time) will be the final, it will be exactly the same approach for us".

Vanuatu and New Caledonia will battle for the third place on the podium in the earlier game.