Belo Horizonte was the destination for Tahiti as they became the first team to arrive in Brazil for the FIFA Confederations Cup, which starts on Saturday 15 June. Wearing striking red and white floral shirts, the Tahitians stepped off their plane at the city’s international airport in the early hours of Friday morning.

Coach Eddy Etaeta said he was delighted to have arrived in Brazil for what is the biggest tournament in Tahiti’s history, and revealed his ambition to win the hearts of local fans.

“We are very pleased to be here in Brazil for the FIFA Confederations Cup, which is a massive event for Tahitian football,” said Etaeta. “We hope to get a warm welcome, win the hearts of the people of Brazil and get their support.”

Drawn in Group B at the Festival of Champions, Tahiti play African champions Nigeria in their opening match at the Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, on 17 June. Three days later, they take on reigning world and European champions Spain at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

In their final group game on 23 June, the champions of Oceania take on 2011 Copa America winners Uruguay at Recife’s Arena Pernambuco.