6 Apr 2016

Sport: Suva confident of improvement in Champions League

11:27 am on 6 April 2016

Suva FC are confident of an improved showing in their second stint in the Oceania Champions League football competition.

The Fijian domestic champions made their continental debut last year on home soil, finishing third in a tough group alongside Amicale FC, Western United and eventual winners Auckland City and taking out the Fair Play Award.

Suva FC and Auckland City during the 2015 OFC Champions League.

Suva FC and Auckland City during the 2015 OFC Champions League. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

This year they're been drawn against New Zealand champions Team Wellington, former winners Hekari United from Papua New Guinea and newcomers AS Lossi from New Caledonia.

Club President Mahend Prasad said Suva learnt a lot last year and he predicted a much better performance this time around.

"We had a big experience (last season) with playing international players with international extended games and that has increased our ranking in Fiji. Definitely we have prepared our best team and we will give our best team. Definitely we will be stronger this year."

"If our players go according to the coach Gurjeet Singh, as he has planned the players to play which way, definitely we will get some upsets in this tournament."

The Champions League kicks off on Friday with Fiji's Nadi up against AS Tefana from Tahiti and Samoan champions Kiwi FC taking on Magenta from New Caledonia in Group C.