Papua New Guinea Soccer champions Toti City FC (formerly known as Lae City Dwellers) will be Papua New Guinea’s only representative club at the 2018 OFC Champions League quarter finals in Wellington, New Zealand.
The Papua New Guinea champion will leave today for New Zealand for their much anticipated opening match against Team Wellington on Saturday.
Toti City FC coach Peter Gunemba said he is hopeful the remaining three matches in the National Soccer League did not put so much strain on them and their confidence to add a back-to-back premiership title.
“We have the players with the right attitude and our participation and exposure in the OFC gives us the breadth of experience and understanding of each other competing in the NSL,” Gunemba said.
He added that the focus for Toti City FC in the OFC Champions League remained intact after an impressive finish in the first leg.
Gunemba said so far after last Sunday’s NSL challenge, he is confident that Toti City FC have stepped up and are ready for their quarter final match against Team Wellington.
“Team Wellington is a respectable semi-professional team and we respect them – they are second best in the Oceania region. They have this desire to one day dethrone Auckland City and definitely we are expecting a very tough match against them. It’s a quarter final, every team wants to win for themselves. I believe the boys will definitely rise to the occasion as they know what to expect from the opponent and what they need to give.”
He said they are travelling with 14 players, unfortunately the two Solomon Islands recruits Tutizama Tanito and Andrew Rarangia including Emmanuel Simon will not be able to join them due to visa problems.