Marist FC coach Jerry Allen says the next stage of the Oceania Champions League will be tough but they are ready to take on the challenge.
Allen told the local media after the group D matches on Friday that playing at home was an advantage, but playing abroad will be tough.
“We know it will not be easy, we have to work really hard for the quarter finals,” Allen said
“Playing at home is much easier with the home fans but playing abroad will be different and tough,” he added.
“We are prepared to take on the challenge against any opponent that comes our way.”
Allen said Marist need to work more on the forwards, an area he had admitted prior to the group D matches that needs to improve.
He also revealed that they are eyeing to include former striker, Tommy Semmy of PNG when the transfer window opens.
“Our front line is one area which we really need to work hard to improve.
“We are looking to recruit someone to help out in our front line attack.
“We will have to wait for the transfer window to open.
“If it opens then definitely we will recruit some new inclusion to boost our frontline,” he said.
Marist finished their group D campaign as runners up with five points following two draws with Team Wellington (1-1) and AS Magenta (1-1) and a win in their final group match against Lupe Ole Saoga (3-1).
The draw for the quarter finals will be conducted tomorrow at the OFC headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand.
By CARLOS ARUAFU