10 May 2014

Sport: Well-rested Amicale ready for O-League decider

10:20 am on 10 May 2014

Amicale football coach Nathan Hall says their opponent's heavy travel schedule plays into their favour for this afternoon's Oceania Champions League final first leg in Port Vila.

The Vanuatu club drew with Fiji's Ba on home soil last Saturday to advance to the final 2-1 on aggregate.

Auckland City sealed a 4-2 aggregate win in the other semi final a day later, against Tahitian champions AS Pirae, in Papeete.

The New Zealand club then had to fly home before leaving again for Vanuatu.

Nathan Hall says such a tight turnaround takes its toll.

"I mean they've travelled a lot obviously in recent days. They'll be tired, they'll be drained and they have to come to Vanuatu, and I can assure you our pitch is a little bit different to their one. I think they will find it hard here but they're a good team and we respect them but we don't fear them. We know if we play well that we can beat any team in this region and we need to ensure that we do that this coming weekend and try and have some advantage leading into the return leg in Auckland."

The overall winner to advance to the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco in December.