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Fiji FA seeks backing

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, April 14, 2012

FIJI Football Association is seeking the support of district presidents to get the release of players selected in the national training squad for their first training camp this Monday.

The camp, to be held at the Fiji Football Academy in Ba, will be used to prepare the national side for the Oceania World Cup stage two qualifiers and the Oceania Nations Cup in the Solomon Islands in June.

Fiji FA vice-president and national team director Tarunesh Reddy said they would release players for the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League (NFL) matches.

He added all players would be released two weeks prior to the Vodafone Fiji FACT in May.

"The camping will be held on April 16 for two weeks. The players will be released on the weekends to represent their teams in the NFL matches," Reddy said.

"They will march back into camp on April 23 and will be released on April 27 to prepare for the Fiji FACT."

Reddy said Fiji FA would take action against players who fail to turn up to camp without a genuine reason before midday on Monday.

"Therefore we need the support from the districts and we hope the district presidents ensure their players turn up to camp on time."

Bus arrangements have been made to transport the players based in Viti Levu while prior arrangements were made for the players from the north.

"The bus will leave the Fiji Football Academy in Vatuwaqa at 8am on Monday so all southern players have to be there on time," Reddy said.

"The bus will be at the Cuvu police post in Sigatoka at 10.30am and will be at the JK Builders office in Nadi at 11.30am.

"It will then leave the Lautoka police post for the academy at 12.30pm. All players are requested to bring their passports."

Fiji squad - Simione Tamanisau, Benaminio Mateinaqara, Akuila Mateisuva, Taniela Waqa, Uraia Loki, Samuela Vula, Samuela Kautoga, Alvin Singh, Avinesh Waran, Ilaitia Tuilau, Manueli Kalou, Archie Watkins, Remueru Tekiata, Peniame Drova, Ilisoni Logaivau, Laisenia Raura, Kalasito Posiano, Esava Naqeleca, Malakai Tiwa, Pita Baleitoga, Epeli Saukuru, Alvin Avinesh, Zibraaz Sahib, Misaele Draunibaka, Osea Vakatalesau, Roy Krishna, Maciu Dunadamu, Kamal Hassan, Arvindra Naidu, Apisai Smith, Jone Sorolo.