Nalkutan FC and Ba FC coach and team captain at the press conference yesterday

For the first time in a long while Vanuatu will be hosting an Oceania Champions League Group on home soil.

Nalkutan FC will be hosting Group A at the Korman Stadium, which kicks off today at 2pm, with Tupapa Maraerega taking on Toti City FC.

“We are ready to experience the environment of this competition and get some exposure, because the more we get exposure, we get an idea on how best to prepare for the next one,” Alexander Napa, who is the Head Coach of Tupapa said.

Toti City FC who will be playing in their third Champions League, will be thankful not to have been drawn alongside current champions Auckland City, as they were in the same group last year.

“This is our third time playing in the competition, and we are not underestimating anyone, as we know they are the best in their respective countries,” Toti City FC Head Coach, Peter Gunemba said.

For the host, Nalkutan FC who will be playing against Ba FC today at 5pm, are looking forward to field their best against the Fiji giants.

“We are confident going into the match today against Ba FC, and we will not be underestimating them as they themselves will be looking for a win,” Nalkutan FC Head Coach, Moise Poida said.

“For sure we will have the home crowd advantage, but again it all depends on how we play.”

“Respect is mutual, and we will be playing against a Nalkutan side that is new to the competition, but they have players in their ranks, that have Champions League experience,” Ba FC Coach, Roneel Kumar said.

“Our objective is the quarter finals, but to get there, obviously we must win matches.”

Vanuatu Football Federation, Lambert Maltock addressed the teams, saying Vanuatu is proud to host the Pool A of the 2018 Champions League, and vow that all the teams will enjoy their time in Port Vila for the tournament, and wished them good luck in the tournament.

"May the best team win," Maltock said.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor

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