Pritchett relishing Club World Cup challenge

The New Zealand international is determined to help Auckland City reach the quarter-finals of the competition, though they must overcome Japanese opposition first
James Pritchett says he is relishing the prospect of facing Sanfrecce Hiroshima in a Fifa Club World Cup play-off match on Thursday.

Auckland City qualified for the competition after overcoming Tahiti's AS Tefana in the OFC final, and Pritchett is looking forward to a possible rematch against Al-Ahly in the quarter-finals.

Talking to Pritchett said: "I played Al-Ahly six years ago and what I remember about that game is how good [Mohamed] Aboutrika was. He scored from a free-kick in the second-half and was everywhere."

The defender is refusing to look to get too carried away, however, with Japanese opposition standing in their way.

"Our focus is very much on the game in front of us, and that is against Sanfrecce Hiroshima," he stated.

"After only having a 14-game domestic season, and with the Oceania Champions League being rescheduled, we will have to try and overcome [having such a short season] on the international stage."

Auckland failed to make it to the quarter-final stage last year after bowing out in the play-offs.