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The OFC, the Papua New Guinea Football Association and two TV channels (MTV and Fiji TV) have struck an agreement to televise the OFC Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Fiji 2008. The OFC, UNAIDS and the Oceania National Olympic Committees have joined forces to use football to educate people about HIV prevention on matchday 4 when the team captains of the competing nations will read a statement in support of the UN’s AIDS education programme. Fiji TV will show Fiji’s matches delayed on Fiji 1, with EMTV, Papua New Guinea’s only television station, agreeing to carry live coverage of the OFC women’s Olympic play-off between Papua New Guinea and New Zealand to mark International Women’s Day. It will be the first time in Papua New Guinea history that a women’s football match has been televised live.
Vanuatu midfielder Francois Sakama has returned to Port Vila and Tafea FC after an unsuccessful professional trial in Israel. Sakama will captain the U-23 national team at the OFC Men’s Olympic Football Tournament in Lautoka, Fiji, where his team will face the Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.