Tongan football champs set to bounce back

Tongan football club champions Veitongo FC are looking forward to a much better showing at this year's Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League Preliminary in Nuku'alofa.

 

 

They finished last in the 2016 preliminary competition, after losing all three matches against club champions from American Samoan, Cook Islands and Samoa.

 

The team has been training since October 2016 according to player-coach Kilifi Uele, who says the team feels much better prepared this time, as reported by Radio NZ.

 

"We have to be more organised to dominate the game," he said, "we're preparing the team to be well organised, especially when we are attacking and also defending."

 

Although one of the six senior Tonga internationals in the Veitongo squad, Uele says the team did well with the introduction of some new young players from the Kingdom.

 

For the first time in 2017 the top two Tongan teams, from the Preliminary Competition, will qualify for the OFC Champions League main draw.

 

"That two teams qualify has also raised the standard and then the preparation so if you reach the stage two that's the progression and also more development of football as a whole here in Tonga."

 

Veitongo FC will face off against the Cook Islands club champions Puaikura FC, on January 27th, Saturday afternoon at the Loto-Tonga Soka Centre.