The team meets Veitongo FC of Tonga in the opener at Ngahue Reserve in Auckland on Saturday.
Prior to their departure, Lupe Ole Soaga team members and management attended a special service at Magiagi Methodist Church in Samoa.
Reverend Faavae Sooalo inspired the players with the biblical story of Gideon and his soldiers who were surrounded by enemies.
Of the thousands of Gideon’s soldiers, only 300 returned who lapped water from the brook putting their hand to mouth.
Rev Sooalo said the soldiers who drank desperately failed.