Ba girls lead U18

The Ba team looks stronger in the Vodafone U18 Girls’ League competition in the western zone.

The girls in black, after playing two matches, sit on top of the points table undefeated with six points.

Fiji FA development officer Lice Waqaliti said Ba had an advantage with some former national U16 reps in their squad.

“Yes, Ba is a very tough team because the team consists of most national U16 girls who took part in the OFC event last year,” Waqaliti said.

The former national women’s team goalkeeper said the girls in black side were the more experienced in the competition.

“They are a very good side as some of its players took part in school athletics and are fit and as well. They played in the senior team also. They have been playing together for a long time.

Waqaliti said the other teams were new to football.

“Other teams such as Lautoka, Nadroga, Nadi and Tavua have very new players. We are looking at the development of women football and now we can say there are huge interest from the girls as they come to take part in their district teams.

“All the teams taking part in the competition are serious, but they have been facing difficulties.

Waqaliti said she was helping the Lautoka U18 team with some new girls in football.

“I am coaching Lautoka and all the girls are new to football and I have to teach them the basics but the good thing is they are very interested in playing football,”Waqaliti said.

She said she was happy to get more than 25 girls in her squad for the Lautoka team.