Nations Cup Draw Confirmed For Adelaide
Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tahiti and Fiji today joined Australia and New Zealand as the teams that will contest the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Nations Cup in Adelaide later this month.
Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tahiti and Fiji today joined Australia and New Zealand as the teams that will contest the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Nations Cup in Adelaide later this month. Stage One of the OFC Nations Cup/World Cup qualifiers ended today with Vanuatu clinching the final place with a 3-0 win over Fiji.
Socceroos coach Frank Farina said the results showed the tournament in Adelaide would be a tough challenge for his team.
"There were some very competitive matches and some very strong teams have qualified for the next stage," said Farina.
"They are all capable of pulling off an upset so we will need to focused right from the opening whistle of each match. We are fortunate to have the two matches against Turkey as that will hold us in good stead ahead of the tournament in Adelaide which starts next weekend." The top two nations from the Adelaide tournament will playoff later in the year for a spot in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and will also play each other again next year for the right to play the fifth best CONMEBOL (South America) nation for a berth at the World Cup finals. The Socceroos will prepare for the OFC Nations Cup tournament with a two-match series against 2002 FIFA World Cup semi finalist Turkey at Aussie Stadium in Sydney on Friday 21 May and at Telstra Dome in Melbourne on Monday 24 May. OFC NATIONS CUP 29 May to 6 June 2004 ADELAIDE SATURDAY 29 MAY 2004 Vanuatu v Solomon Islands - 2.00pm - Marden Sports Complex Tahiti v Fiji - 5.30pm - Hindmarsh Stadium Australia v New Zealand - 8.00pm - Hindmarsh Stadium
MONDAY 31 MAY 2004 New Zealand v Solomon Islands -2.00pm - Marden Sports Complex Australia v Tahiti - 5.30pm - Hindmarsh Stadium Fiji v Vanuatu - 8.00pm - Hindmarsh Stadium WEDNESDAY 2 JUNE 2004 Australia v Fiji - 2.00pm - Marden Sports Complex Tahiti v Solomon Islands - 5.30pm - Hindmarsh Stadium New Zealand v Vanuatu - 8.00pm - Hindmarsh Stadium FRIDAY 4 JUNE 2004 New Zealand v Tahiti - 2.00pm - Marden Sports Complex Fiji v Solomon Islands - 5.30pm - Hindmarsh Stadium Vanuatu v Australia - 8.00pm - Hindmarsh Stadium SUNDAY 6 JUNE 2004 Tahiti v Vanuatu - 2.00pm - Marden Sports Complex Fiji v New Zealand - 5.30pm - Hindmarsh Stadium Solomon Islands v Australia - 8.00pm - Hindmarsh Stadium TICKETING DETAILS Hindmarsh Stadium double headers RESERVED SEATS ADULT - $16.20 CONCESSION - $13.20 (PENSION/STUDENT/CHILD)
GENERAL ADMISSION ADULT - $11.20 CONCESSION -$ 8.20 (PENSIONER/STUDENT/CHILD) CHILDREN UNDER 12 -$ 4.20
Marden Sports Complex
Any tickets purchased for an individual day for the matches at Hindmarsh Stadium will receive free entry to the match on the same day at Marden Sports Complex.
Stand alone tickets to Marden Sports Complex are:
ADULT - $5.00 CONCESSION - $2.00 (PENSIONER/STUDENT) CHILDREN IN UNIFORMS - Free
All prices do not include booking fees. Tickets are now on sale from all Venuetix outlets www.venuetix.com.au or (08) 8225 8888.
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