7 Apr 2014

Sport: New-look Oceania Champions League to kick off

2:05 pm on 7 April 2014

The new-look Oceania Champions League football tournament gets underway in Fiji on Monday with matches between Tafea and Hekari United followed by AS Magenta taking on home side Ba.

The group stages have been expanded from eight to twelve teams with a second club side from Vanuatu, Fiji and Tahiti joining the main competition, along with Samoa's Kiwi FC, who won the Preliminary stage.

Vanuatu champions Tafea FC take on 2010 O-League winners Hekari United in this afternoon's opening game.

Tafea coach Moise Poida has a young squad, the majority of whom have come through the clubs academy and says the new format will be a challenge.

"The structure is very hard for us but we have got three games and our goals. We prepare for this O-League and our objective is we are trying to win the first game

but we are good enough to be in the final stage or maybe in second round".

A minute's silence will also be observed for those affected by the Solomon Islands flood at all matches.