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Dream Team ready for action

Vanuatu U 23 will be looking forward to their first OFC Olympic men’s Qualifier match today at 2:20pm in Taupo, New Zealand.
Vanuatu coach Richard Iwai will feel he has enough talent to avoid an upset though and the ‘Dream Team’ will be in confident mood after posting a series of good results against club sides in Brisbane en route to Taupo.
Key midfielder Eddison Stephen picked up an injury in Australia and could be in doubt for their opening match but coach Iwai has confirmed that Stephen will be in the first 11 tomorrow against American Samoa.
Vanuatu triumphed 8-0 in the only previous Olympic encounter between the sides in 2004.
In their own words
“It doesn’t matter if American Samoa have not been very strong in the past, we will approach this game and every game like it’s the final. We are really happy with the facilities and the boys are looking forward to playing on the beautiful field.” – Richard Iwai, Vanuatu coach
“We had a warm up match against Samoa earlier in the week so that was a good opportunity to have one last look at our players. I know they call Vanuatu the ‘Dream Team’ but we are looking forward to it and we’ll try to match up with them.” – Rupeni Luvu, American Samoa coach
Vanuatu first 11 against American Samoa tomorrow are:
Vanuatu U 23 first 11 against American Samoa (Friday 16 March 2012). GK Seilonie Iaruel, Brian Kaltak, Lucien Hinge, Dominique Fred, Kevin Shem Iata, Silas Namatak, Eddison Stephen, Dider Kalip, Roddy Lenga, Bernard Daniel and Robert Tasso.