3 Feb 2017

Sport: Veitongo FC and Lupe Ole Soaga target final spot

10:54 am on 3 February 2017

The OFC Champions League Qualifier concludes today with Veitongo FC and Lupe Ole Soaga competing for one spot in the main draw.

Veitongo FC defeated Utelei Youth and remain in the mix for Champions League qualification.

Veitongo FC defeated Utelei Youth and remain in the mix for Champions League qualification. Photo: OFC Media

The Tongan and Samoan club champions are tied for second place in the Qualifier standings, three points behind Puaikura FC from the Cook Islands, who have already confirmed their place in the next stage.

Lupe only need a draw against Veitongo to advance, thanks to a superior goal differential, while the hosts need all three points.

Player-coach Kilifi Uele said that means they will have to go all out.

"We have to be more efficient, especially in our finishing so that we are having more on target so that we're going to score goals, because if we want to win the game you have to score goals," he said.

"Defensively we have to keep our defensive shape and be well organised in our defence so we're going to defend our goal so they can't concede a goal against us."

Kilifi Uele said they have watched Lupe Ole Soaga's previous matches and they are a fit team with a number of young players and are good at keeping possession.

Meanwhile Puaikura FC can seal top spot in the Qualifier with a draw or better in their final group match against Utelei Youth FC from American Samoa.

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