Auckland City FC chairman Ivan Vuksich is disappointed his group will again face a playoff to reach the quarterfinal round in the Fifa Club Planet Cup.
The draw for the 12th edition from the competitors requires location in Switzerland on Wednesday night (NZ time).
The New Zealand and Oceania club champions had been the story of final year’s tournament in Morocco, scoring 3 dramatic wins to claim a bronze medal finish.
That achievement, even though, has not translated into a automatic quarterfinal berth for this year’s Club Globe Cup being held in Japan from December 10-20.
Vuksich said their 2014 overall performance seemed to have made little impression on the way Oceania participants are viewed broadly.
“I believed we did enough in Morocco to maybe warrant getting into the Fifa credit Club Planet Cup at an sophisticated stage, however it hasn’t worked out that way.
“We are a bit disappointed to face an additional playoff, but it really is critical we accept the circumstance and roll with it.”
There’s optimistic news for the Navy Blues, with the return of Spanish coach Ramon Tribulietx for his fourth season with club confirmed.
After last year’s accomplishment in Morocco, the 43-year-old was the subject of speculation linking him with A-League club Brisbane Roar and clubs in Africa and Asia.
“In my view, he’s the very best coach in the country and he proved that in Morocco last year,” Vuksich mentioned.
“Ramon is only now receiving the recognition he deserves for what he has achieved and in numerous techniques he features a touch of genius concerning the way he does items.
“He keeps every little thing low crucial in how he goes about his operate and he has a powerful perform ethic and sooner or later individuals must take notice of the fine work he produces.”
Europeans champions (Spanish giants Barcelona), South American champions (River Plate of Argentina) and North and Central American champions (Club America of Mexico) are the 3 other clubs to possess currently booked their place in Japan.
The Asian and African Fifa credit club champions is going to be decided in November, while the automatically qualified team from the host country is going to be known by December five.