The Samoan champions Lupe o le Soaga are not going to have an easy task in the group D of the OFC Champions League: they are grouped alongside the hosts and champions of Tahiti AS Vénus, the Fijian powerhose and title holders of Vodafone Premier League Ba and the hardest of them all, the nine-time champions Auckland City from New Zealand.
But the coach of the Samoan side, Paul Ualesi, still have one ambitious goal for this tournament: to win at least one match. Lupe, in their previous campaigns at OFC Champions League, was able to draw a match already, know they are looking to move one step ahead. “To be realistic, I know it is not going to be easy for us as underdogs, but our goal is to win a game against these top teams from the Oceania. We need to achieve that goal” says the head coach of Lupe o le Soaga.
“The preparation is going well, we expect a really tough pool and a different level in this stage, but we are coming to compete on this level. Great exposure and experience to our players and whole team“, mentions Ualesi.
For the group stage, Lupe picked three New Zealand imports to help them in the process, players that Ualesi expect can be instrumental to achieve their goals: “It is really important to have them to assist and help us a lot, sharing their experience to our local young lads“, states the former player.
Lupe is going to start their campaign against the hosts AS Vénus in Stade Pater expecting for the best for the brave Samoan side.