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English defender in national squad

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, December 25, 2010

WATFORD defender Adrian Joseph Mariappa has been named in the 50-member national training squad to prepare for the 2011 Pacific Games in New Caledonia.

The 24-year old London born professional footballer, who is known as 'Aidy', has roots in Fiji.

He is one of the five overseas players in the squad.

Mariappa was part of the Watford team that played in the English premier league in 2006-2007 season making 25 appearances at central defence.

The other overseas players include Salesh Kumar (New Zealand), Apisolome Turuva (New Zealand), Shivan Sami (Australia) and Javed Khan (Canada).

Fiji Football Association president Dr Sahu Khan said the parent body would take a serious approach towards the Pacific Games as it served as the qualifier for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

He said the technical department was in constant touch with the overseas players via email.

The Ba lawyer said they would be negotiating to get the overseas players to Fiji for training camps.

Dr Sahu Khan said three players who were suspended from national team were named in the training squad on a conditional basis.

"Three players Jone Vesikula, Samuela Kautoga and Apisolome Turuva are on conditional selection," Dr Sahu Khan said.

"They were suspended from the national team in 2008.

"The players have appealed their suspensions. If the appeal is allowed then they will be considered for the final selection."

"We have included three Fiji Under-20 players. They are Akuila Mataisuva, Ilisoni Logaivou and Misaele Draunibaka. They have really proved their worth."

The training squad will march into camp in Ba on January 7.

Dr Sahu Khan revealed that players would have to sign an agreement to adhere to the rules and regulations set out for the national team.

"The idea is get the players together in camp and see their availability," Dr Sahu Khan said.

"We will have to interview them. This time everybody whether women's or men's players, will have to sign a form for their commitment for the national team. We do not want to have the disciplinary problems that we had before."

Fiji lost to New Caledonia in the final of the 2007 South Pacific Games.

The Pacific Games will be held in Noumea from August 28 to September 12.

Training squad:

Ba: Petero Dauniseka, Alvin Singh, Malakai Tiwa, Malakai Kainihewe, Tuimasi Manuca, Jone Vesikula, Peni Finau, Avinesh Waran Suwamy; Labasa: Roy Krishna, Akuila Mataisuva, Pita Bolaitoga, Ilisoni Logaivou, Misaele Draunibaka; Nadi: Ilimotama Jeke, Vereti Dickson; Nadroga: Samuela Drudru, Eron Underwood; Navua: Benaminio Mateinaqara, Pene Erenio, Taniela Waqa, Seveci Rokotakala, Maciu Dunadamu, Lorima Dau, Jesoni Takala; Rewa: Simione Tamanisau, Archie Watkins, Veresa Toma, Posiano Kalisito, Peniame Drova, Kelepi Qaqa; Suva: Samuela Vula, Esava Samudere; Tavua: Naitutunisau Caucau, Josaia Ratu; Overseas: Salesh Kumar (New Zealand), Apisolome Turuva (New Zealand), Shivan Sami (Australia), Javed Khan (Canada), Adrian Mariappa (England).

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