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Suva vs Aucklands City Preview

The opener will be followed by an equally anticipated encounter between Western United of Solomon Islands, who are making their debut in this competition against 2014 OFC Champions League runners-up Amicale FC of Vanuatu.#Six-time Oceania champions Auckland City FC are in the hunt for a seventh regional title and taking the scalp of hosts Suva would be a great start. The defending champions have named a strong side for this year’s event, with a large majority having been part of the historic 2014 FIFA Club World Cup campaign in Morocco.#The experienced Ivan Vicelich is joined by defenders Angel Berlanga, Takuya Iwata, Marko Dordevich and Mario Bilen while in the attack the side isn’t lacking in experience either.#Strikers Joao Moreira, David Browne, Oscar Garcia, Ryan De Vries and Gustavo Souto – who returns for his second spell with the Navy Blues – lead a formidable front line, with OFC Champions League veterans Darren White, Andrew Milne, Adam McGeorge and Daewook Kim adding expertise of their own.#Despite his side’s history in this competition coach Ramon Tribulietx will be leaving nothing to chance.#Suva are first timers in this competition and their recruitment in the off-season leaves has them down as relative unknowns. However, having won the Fiji National League last year, ahead of Champions League frequenters Ba FC, they are sure to pose a threat.#Coach Gurjit Singh has brought in three key European signings he will be expecting strong performances from, including Adrian Medina and George Jermy from Spain, and Ethiopian USA based striker Abudula#They are supplemented by some key domestic players including experienced OFC Champions League campaigners Maciu Dunadamu.Rusiate Matererega and midfielder Esava Naqaleca.#Auckland City FC# The players: Having made over 30 appearances in this competition, captain Ivan Vicelich will be key to the side’s success. The speed of Ryan de Vries, David Browne and Joao Moriera in the front line will also prove the difference. # #The vital statistics: Auckland City FC are chasing a record seventh OFC Champions League title, and their fifth consecutive.# Coach quote: “They’re playing in front of their home crowd and will want to prove they’re a good team of footballers. They’ll be motivated, so that will make them a very dangerous rival and we’re weary of that and are very respectful, and will try to compete well. Fiji is a good place to play football and no matter where it is, Fiji is a good place to play football. It’s definitely the biggest trophy in Oceania and we’re very humble with our chances but very motivated still.”# #Squad list: 1. Tamati WILLIAMS (GK), 2. Marko DORDEVICH, 3. Takuya IWATA, 4. Mario BILEN, 5. Angel BERLANGA, 8. Anthony HOBBS, 9. Darren WHITE, 10. Ryan DE VRIES, 11. Cam LINDSAY, 12. Adam MCGEORGE, 13. Ivan CARRIL, 14. Colin MURPHY, 15. Ivan VICELICH, 16. Daewook KIM, 17. Joao MORIERA, 18. Danyon DRAKE (GK), 19. David BROWNE, 20. Gustavo SOUTO, 21. Oscar GARCIA, 22. Andrew MILNE, 23. Sam BURFOOT, 24. Jacob SPOONLEY (GK), 25. Michael DEN HEIJER#Coach: Ramon TRIBULIETX (ESP)# Suva FA# The players: Spaniards George Jermy and Adrian Medina have been around the blocks playing in the Spanish league, and will be bringing a style of their own to the capital. Pita Rabo returned to Fiji after nine years plying his trade in New Zealand’s domestic league and no doubt that experience, combined with the familiarity of the Champions League players like Esava Naqeleca and Maciu Dunadamu possess, will prove helpful.#The vital statistics: Jale Dreole captained the Fiji U-20 to their first regional title, and a berth in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in this same stadium just under a year ago.# Coach Quote: Everyone knows that Auckland is the best team, but we’ve also come prepared. The boys are really ready to play and they want to play against a top team. We have to be very cautious about this game, and we have been, focus on the game plan. We’re expecting a good game.# #Squad list: 1. Ulaiasi TAMANISAU (GK), 2. Dave RADRIGAI, 3. Noa TUIWAINIKAI, 4. Jale DREOLA, 5. Adrian MEDINA, 6. Nickel CHAND, 7. Pita RABO, 8. Inia BOKO, 9. Esava NAQELECA, 10. Abdulwali AMAN, 11. Maciu DUNADAMU, 12. Tomasi UCULOA, 13. Poasa BAINIVALU, 14. Rusiate MATAREREGA, 15. Waisake NAVUNIGASAU, 16. Shahil DAVE, 17. Kolinio SIVOKI, 18. Al-taaf SAHIB, 19. George JERMY, 20. Leone DAMUDAMU, 21. Sakaraia NAISUA, 22. Emori RAGATA (GK), 23. Giacomo RATTO# #Coach: Gurjit SINGH (FIJ)#ofc media#

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