Gameday 5: New Zealand to learn quarter-final opponents late on Wednesday

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New Zealand await the result of Wednesday night’s game between Fiji and Samoa before they learn their quarter-final opponents at the OFC U-17 Championship.

Immediately after the Fiji-Samoa game, the last of the pool fixtures, OFC will draw the quarter-finals live on their streaming channel.

The draw is likely to take place about 10.15pm (NZT) and you can watch it here:

Though one game remains, Tonga will go through to the quarter-finals, provided they don’t lose to Fiji by more than 12 goals.

Unless that happens, American Samoa will be the first team to go home, with the worst record of any of the nine participating nations, losing both their games and with a goal difference of -18.

In Tuesday’s games, New Caledonia beat American Samoa 7-0.

In the other game, Vanuatu’s Augustine Chilia scored the opening goal after only 35 seconds to put his side on track for their win.

Auckland United’s Jeremiah Williams put Cook Islands level at the end of the first half and enjoyed one of the tournament’s most joyful goal celebrations.

Jeremiah Williams sends a message home to end his goal celebration.

Jimmy Moso grabbed Vanuatu’s winner two minutes after half-time.

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Here are the latest result and upcoming fixtures from the tournament:


OFC U-17 Championship

Game played on Tuesday January 17, 2023

Group B

New Caledonia 7 (Nolhann Alebate 4’, Anthony Levy 27’ pen, Simon Ue 50’, David Cahma 58’, Jean-Yves Saiko 63’, Sipan Qaeze 68’, 70’)
American Samoa 0

Group C

Vanuatu 2 (Augustine Chilia 1′, Jimmy Moso 47′)
Cook Islands 1 (Jeremiah Williams 45+2′)


Game to be played on Wednesday January 18, 2023

Group A

Fiji v Tonga
HFC Bank Stadium, Suva (8pm, NZT)



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