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Voda­fone Premier League cham­pi­ons Ba start pre­par­ing for the Ocea­nia Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion Cham­pi­ons League from Fri­day. The Cham­pi­ons League will be held in New Caledonia in Fe­bru­ary next year. Ba are in a tough Group B with Team Welling­ton (NZ) and New Cale­do­nian Su­per League run­ner­sup Hienghene Sport. Ba man­ager Arvind Singh said they will start prepa­ra­tion on Fri­day for the Cham­pi­ons League. “It will be tough and we want to pre­pare well,” Singh said. “We have played in the Cham­pi­ons League so many times and we know what it’s like. “Our play­ers will have no time to rest this fes­tive sea­son as we will have con­tin­u­ous train­ing to en­sure that we ready come game time.” Singh said they are plan­ning to bring back all their for­mer play­ers when the new trans­fer win­dow opens in Jan­uary. “We aim to get back Re­meru Teki­ate and Pranil Naidu from Labasa and Aus­tralia based Alvin Singh,” he said. Teki­ate and Naidu played key roles for Labasa in help­ing the side win the Courts In­ter-District Cham­pi­onship. Singh who is play­ing for a sec­ond divi­sion side in the Aus­tralian club com­pe­ti­tion has been a key player for Ba in their past Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign.

Singh said the in­clu­sion of over­seas play­ers and coaches to help the side would be dis­cussed in the Ba Foot­ball board meet­ing next month. Ba came close in se­cur­ing a place at the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup but lost to Waitakere United 1-0 in their away game. The winner of the 2017 OFC Cham­pi­ons League will par­tic­i­pate in the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emi­rates. Auck­land City are the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons. Edited by Osea Bola

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Voda­fone Premier League cham­pi­ons Ba team at Govind Park, Ba.

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