29 Feb 2012

Sport: Tonga ready ahead of Oceania women's qualifiers

11:37 am on 29 February 2012

The Tonga Football Association is hoping home ground advantage will count for plenty when the Oceania Women's Olympic qualifying tournament kicks off on Thursday.

It's the first major Oceania event Tonga has hosted since the Under 19 qualifiers in 2002.

Just four teams are vying for the right to face New Zealand in the home and away playoff for a place at the London Games, with Pacific Games champions Papua New Guinea expected to see off Vanuatu, Samoa and the hosts.

The TFA's head of women's football, Adelaide Tuivailala, says the country is excited to be hosting top level football once more.

"It's a bonus for Tonga that we have the tournament in our ground and not only that but it's a promotion for women's football so the population of Tonga can support the team. For me we can win this tournament from the perspective that the tournament is held here in Tonga."