13 Apr 2013

Sport: Waitakere United face a tough ask in Tahiti

1:07 pm on 13 April 2013

Waitakere United football coach Paul Marshall says Tahitian side Dragon have made an impressive start to their debut season in the Oceania Champions League.

The two teams met in the opening round two weeks ago, where Waitakere were held to a surprise nil-all draw at home.

With just one point from two matches, the New Zealand champions have arrived in Tahiti in desperate need of three points, although Paul Marshall says it won't be easy.

"The whole Tahitian national team isn't it, it's as simple as that. You only have to look at the personnel - the whole Tahitian national team have joined one club and they're using this whole OFC exercise as build up for their Confederations Cup. It's good preparation for them and quite a wise move if you think about it. It makes it difficult for the people that are in their group because it's tough competition but we drew with them but we should have won the game comfortably. If we had taken all our chances that day we would be sitting on three points and not one."

Also today, Group B leaders Auckland City host New Caledonia's Mont Dore while in Group A Ba and Amicale FC play their first home matches of the campaign against Hekari United and Solomon Warriors.