One of Oceania's leading football clubs believes Pacific countries have more than enough talent to compete with and beat the best of New Zealand.
It's a been a good 12 months for the region, with Fiji impressing at the Under 20 Men's World Cup, the Fijian Olympic team qualifying for Rio and Papua New Guinea named as host of next year's Under 20 Women's World Cup.
The Technical Director for Vanuatu club champions Amicale FC, Anthony Pisano, believes the gap is closing, especially in Melanesia.
"You've seen with Roy Krisha playing for Wellington Phoenix that there is a lot of talent here. Just what's lacking is the organisation and professionalism, which teams like Amicale are trying to bring forward to the Melanesian culture. I think in the next few years, whether it's the upcoming O-League [or another competition] you will find quite possibly one of Melanesian teams will be up there and possibly winning the tournament again".