Olympic Soccer Tournaments 2020 – Males – Information – Oceania gear as much as compete for sole Tokyo 2020 ticket
Males’s Olympic Soccer Match
- OFC Males’s Olympic Qualifiers 2019 start on 21 September
- Eight groups will compete for one spot at Tokyo 2020
- Hosts Fiji will look to defend continental crown
The most recent ticket up for grabs at subsequent yr’s highly-anticipated Males’s Olympic Soccer Match Tokyo 2020 is in Oceania, the place eight nations will compete within the OFC Males’s Olympic Qualifiers chasing one coveted spot on the Olympic Video games.
Hosts Fiji will look to defend their crown after the Bula Boys received their maiden title within the competitors again in 2015, incomes landmark participation at Rio 2016 within the course of.
Dates: 21 September – 5 October
Host nation: Fiji
Group A: American Samoa, New Zealand, Samoa, Solomon Islands
Group B: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Vanuatu
Three-time OFC Males’s Olympic qualifying champions New Zealand will probably be motivated to get again to the Olympic Video games having missed out at Rio 2016. 4 years in the past New Zealand had been eradicated from competition after fielding an ineligible participant in the course of the OFC semi-final.
The present workforce, led by head coach Des Buckingham (above), are properly ready to atone for that disappointment. The Kiwis are coming off some robust latest performances with two 1-1 attracts in opposition to Australia, outcomes they reprised in opposition to A-League golf equipment Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers.
“We’ve got constructed a powerful id over latest months, specializing in who we’re and what we’re able to doing,” Buckingham stated. “There may be numerous perception and belief in our gamers, who’re inspired to specific their talents in a constructive and supportive atmosphere.”
Buckingham was accountable for the New Zealand workforce that superior to the Spherical of 16 and completed in eleventh place on the latest FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019, the nation’s best-ever efficiency in that age-group world finals.
“We’ve got been capable of proceed constructing on the previous 18 months of labor, each on and off the sphere, that features the success on the U-20 World Cup after which the latest gold medal on the Pacific Video games.”
New Zealand arrive in Fiji boasting 5 gamers with senior worldwide expertise; Liberato Cacace, Clayton Lewis, Myer Bevan, Logan Rogerson and Noah Billingsley.
“We all know that going to the islands is rarely simple,” stated Cacace who featured prominently beneath Buckingham at Poland 2019. “Our type will probably be fairly just like what we performed within the [U-20] World Cup.”
A robust discipline will probably be eyeing New Zealand’s conventional standing as regional heavyweights. With Tahiti and New Caledonia ineligible to qualify for the Olympic Video games, solely Oceania’s smallest nation – Cook dinner Islands – won’t be lining up in Fiji.
As holders and hosts Fiji will probably be seeking to preserve momentum from the final cycle. Qualification for Rio 2016 was earned only a matter of weeks after their FIFA event debut on the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
A few gamers are backing up from that landmark U-20 marketing campaign. Fiji ready for his or her Tokyo 2020 push with two slim losses in opposition to Singapore earlier this month.
Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea are properly positioned to characteristic on the enterprise finish of the event, with the latter ending third 4 years in the past. The previous are coached by the enduring Batram Suri and may rely on robust help from the native expat group.
Vanuatu will probably be one other aspect hungry for revenge as they got here devastatingly near qualifying for the Olympic Video games final trip, solely to lose 4-3 on penalties in opposition to Fiji.
Coached by legendary former nationwide workforce Etienne Mermer, Vanuatu will probably be laborious to beat in acquainted Melanesian surrounds. “Vanuatu is on monitor,” Mermer stated regarding the workforce’s preparation. “We all know how we work and play and it’s all about dedication and dedication.”