Gameday 6: New Zealand to meet Vanuatu in quarter-finals of OFC U-17 Championship

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New Zealand will face Vanuatu in the quarter-finals of the OFC U-17 Championship on Sunday.

The match will kick off at 8pm (NZT) and be live-streamed by OFC.

The game resulted from a draw made by OFC after the completion of the tournament’s pool games.

The draw means that if New Zealand beats Vanuatu, they will play the winners of the Fiji v Cook Islands quarter-final in the semi-final.

The two finalists at the tournament gain automatic qualification to November’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru.

The top four performing teams in the groups went into one pot for the draw, while the next four best performing teams went into a second pot.

A condition was that no team could be drawn in the quarter-finals against a team from the same group, ensuring New Zealand could not meet New Caledonia.

The draw was carried out by OFC Competitions Manager Michael Song.

Quarter-final fixtures

Games to be played on Saturday January 21, 2023

QF 1: New Caledonia v Samoa
HFC Bank Stadium, Suva (5pm, NZT)

QF 2: Tahiti v Tonga
HFC Bank Stadium, Suva (8pm, NZT)

Games to be played on Sunday January 22, 2023

QF 3: Fiji v Cook Islands
HFC Bank Stadium, Suva (5pm, NZT)

QF 4: New Zealand v Vanuatu
HFC Bank Stadium, Suva (8pm, NZT)

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OFC Competitions Manager Michael Song performs the draw for the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, the final pool game at the tournament was won 3-0 by host nation Fiji against Tonga.

The result made sure that American Samoa were eliminated from the tournament, as they had a worse goal difference than Tonga.

Heavy rain delayed the start of the match by half an hour.


OFC U-17 Championship

Game played on Wednesday January 18, 2023

Group A

Fiji 3 (Jacob Seninawanana 8′, Ibraheem Afazal 50′. William Khan 90′)
Tonga 0

Final group standings

Group A

Group B

Group C


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