Auckland City FC is set to take on Wellington in the semi-final of the Oceania competition this weekend.

Te Atawhai Hudson Wihongi from Ngāti Whātua and Ngāpuhi is a footballer determined to secure a place at one of the biggest and most prestigious football tournaments in the world.

He is a playmaker who is one of Māoridom’s top footballers and isn’t a newbie to the competition. He and his club have represented New Zealand at the Club World Cup the last eight years.

But Hudson Wihongi says he’s is excited at the prospect to play some of the best in the world and represent his Māori heritage as well.

“That’s another goal of mine is to be able to get back there and play on the world stage.”

The Club World Cup begins in December in the United Arab Emirates but before then  Hudson Wihongi and his team need to beat Wellington on Sunday.