BY ROMULUS HUTA
LUPE Ole Soaga coach Paul Ualesi says they will take one game at a time in the Oceania Champions League Group B competition that will get underway this Saturday at Lawson Tama Stadium.
Ualesi and his boys landed in Honiara and admit that they are drawn in a very tough pool where they will come up against AS Magenta, Team Wellington and hosts Marist starting this weekend.
“This is our first time here. The boys are really happy to be here, especially for the tournament
“This is a really tough pool for us. We’ll take one at a time. It’s a really tough one,” Ualesi said.
Lupe Ole Soaga is a four-time champion in the Samoan national soccer league and they are the last to qualify into the Oceania Champions League group stage.
This came after they finished as runner-up behind Cook Islands’ Tupapa Maraerenga in the preliminary qualifiers held in American Samoa last month.
Lupe Ole Soaga will open their campaign 1pm this Saturday at Lawson Tama taking on AS Magenta of New Caledonia.
“AS Magenta is one of the top clubs in New Caledonia.
“We played against them last year coming out with a narrow loss but this time will be different.
“It’s a good challenge for the boys to play against magenta.”
Following the encounter this Saturday, four-time grandfinalist Team Wellington awaits them on Tuesday 1pm for their second match.
Their final match is against hosts Marist on Friday 4pm at Lawson Tama.