Fiji to meet Auckland in the final in New Caledonia


Flying Arrows Ba from Fiji and Auckland FC from New Zealand will meet in the final of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Youth Festival following an intense and exciting round of action in Match Day Two in Noumea.

The final and third and fourth playoff between Imaki (VAN) and Capital Football Wellington (NZL) will be played as a curtain raiser to the sold out Christian Karembeu Jubilee Match against France ’98 at Stade Numa Daly.

The winner of the final will earn a spot at the Danon Nations Cup tournament in France this September.

Fifty-two matches were played on match day two of the tournament, where the field of twenty teams was split into two different brackets based on results from match day one.

Imaki (VAN) were the standout performers in the top-eight bracket with a 1-0 win over Auckland (NZL) and a 3-0 victory over Waikato (NZL), but suffered a heartbreaking 2-0 penalty shootout loss to Ba in the semi finals after the scores were locked at full time.

Auckland earned their spot in the final after defeating Capital Football Wellington 2-0 in an all-New Zealand semi final in front of some boisterous travelling support for both teams.

In the Secondary bracket for teams ranked 9-20 Florence Young School were the dominant party and five wins from six games was just reward for spirited tournament from the young Solomon Island side.

The finals of the OFC Youth Festival will kick off from 2.30pm tomorrow where the four squads of lucky players will get a once in a lifetime opportunity to provide the opening act to world superstars such as Zinedine Zidane and Christian Karembeu

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Youth Festival will hit Noumea on Thursday with 20 teams of Under 12 Boys and Girls from 9 different countries converging on the Stade Pentecost fields for the third edition of the tournament.

The Youth Festival is aimed at building friendships, creating memorable experiences between children of different cultures and promoting the game through the future of the Confederation.

Participants of the tournament will also have the chance to mix with their idols as the World Cup winning France 98’ side are in Noumea for the Christian Karembeu Jubilee match and members of the squad will be present when the tournament draw is announced at 17H00 (Local time) on Wednesday night at Centre Cultural Jean MarieTjibaou.

The final of the Youth Festival will be played as a curtain raiser to the Jubilee match and the winners of the tournament will be rewarded with a spot at the Danon Nations Cup in France later this year.

Teams from New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Fiji will represent their countries at the Youth Festival.

The last two Youth Festivals have been held in Papua New Guinea and Fiji and their sucess has contributed to the third edition being the biggest and best yet.

Competing in the tournament will be 6 teams from New Caledonia, 3 from New Zealand, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and one from Tahiti, PNG, Tuvalu, Kiribati and Fiji.

The tournament kicks off on Thursday 29 May and runs through till Saturday.

The majority of the teams have arrived in Noumea and the weather is beautifully set for a week these kids will never forget.

Stay tuned to for all your OFC Youth Festival news.

Published on 30/05/2008

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