Auckland City will have an invaluable preparation for next month’s FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco via the OFC President’s Cup which commences today in New Zealand’s largest metropolis.
The six-team invitation tournament will provide a rare opportunity for Auckland to test themselves on home soil against visitors from other continents.
Cayman Islands’ Bodden Town are joined by Bahrain’s Busaiteen and Singapore’s U-23 national team. Visitors to Auckland from within Oceania are crack Vanuatu club side Amicale, plus Fiji’s U-20 national team who are preparing for next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
There will be two group matches for each team ahead of Sunday’s three-match final day, concluding with the play-off to decide the inaugural champion.
Auckland City sit atop their domestic competition with four wins from as many starts as they look towards their winner-takes-all play-off at the FIFA Club World Cup with local side Moghreb Tetouan on 6 December.
"The players are thrilled to compete in a tournament like the OFC President's Cup against, in some cases, professional teams,” said Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx.
"It is also a good build-up for the FIFA Club World Cup which we are playing in two or three weeks’ time. Our team is very motivated and we'll take the OFC President's Cup very seriously.”