Oceania Nations Cup - Semi Final Preview
LG Socceroo Coach FRANK FARINA won’t announce his starting line-up for the Oceania Nations Cup semi final against VANUATU, until just prior to kick-off in tomorrow night’s game.
LG Socceroo Coach FRANK FARINA won-t announce his starting line-up for the Oceania Nations Cup semi final against VANUATU, until just prior to kick-off in tomorrow night-s game.
The LG Socceroos were put through two training sessions today, the first a recovery in the morning, followed by this afternoon-s full stretch out at the Punaruu Stadium.
While Farina is confident he will have his full squad to choose from for tomorrow night-s semi, he-s keen to put the players through another light session tomorrow morning.
"Our schedule has become very tight and it-s important that the boys are kept as fresh and sharp as possible," he said after this afternoon-s session.
"We came through yesterday-s victory over the Solomon Islands with no injury worries, but a couple of the lads have pulled up a little sore, and I-ll be giving them as much time as possible to work through the stiffness.
"We definitely won-t be taking Vanuatu lightly - they had an excellent victory over Tahiti last night, and from what I understand, they-ve been gearing themselves up to a meeting with us in the semi finals.
"Every member of our squad is aware of what we have to do in tomorrow-s game though, and we-ll be sticking to our own game plan, with lessons learned from yesterday-s second half." he concluded.
The game also marks a meeting between two Australian coaches, with FARINA in charge of the LG Socceroos, while his counterpart for Vanuatu, CARLOS BUZZETTI is a former Director of Coaching from South Australia.
MATCH: SEMI FINAL - AUSTRALIA Vs VANUATU DATE: Sunday 25th June (Tahiti)/Monday 26th June (Australia) KICK-OFF: 5.30pm (Tahiti)/1.30pm (AEST) VENUE: Stade de Pater, Tahiti