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OFC right behind Hekari

The OFC officials dropped in on the players during lunch time on Monday and encouraged them to do their best for the Pacific region.

Acting president Chung let them know that OFC is right behind them and is very proud of their achievements on the international stage.

“You are the pride of the island countries and the Oceania region,” he announced to the squad.

“I urge you to showcase your talent against the best clubs on the planet. We have to show what the island country players can do and it is also a great chance to create history on the world stage.”

Player spokesman Andrew Lepani thanked Chung and Nicholas for taking time off from their busy schedules to have lunch with the team.

“It is now our turn as players representing OFC to do it on the field for the region,” he said.

Lepani added that Hekari are keen to continue the legacy begun by New Zealand clubs Waitakere United and Auckland City, who are the only other teams to have represented OFC at the prestigious tournament.

City posted OFC’s best ever result at the event last year, notching wins over hosts Al Ahli and African representatives TP Mazembe to earn a ground-breaking fifth-place finish.

Standing in Hekari’s way of achieving a similar feat are UAE side Al Wahda, who the Papua New Guineans meet on Wednesday night local time in the qualifying match for the quarter-finals.

A win will see them book a meeting with Asian champions Seongnam, while a dream semi-final clash with Italian giants Internazionale is also a possibility.

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