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Fiji lose four players

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, April 23, 2012

FOUR players have pulled out of the Fiji training squad preparing for the upcoming Oceania 2014 FIFA World Cup stage two qualifies and the 2012 Oceania Nations Cup Championship in the Solomon Islands in June.

They include Samuela Kautoga, Zibraaz Sahib, Esava Naqeleca and Peniame Drova. The players have cited personal commitments.

Fiji Football Association vice president and national team director Tarunesh Reddy said no replacements would be sought for those players.

He said the squad was supposed to be trimmed this week.

"We had named 31 players in the initial training squad and were supposed to drop five players this week," Reddy said.

"Now that four players have pulled out, there is no use to trim the squad at this stage. We have suitable replacements for them within the squad."

Papua New Guinea-based Taniela Waqa, Ilaitia Tuilau, Pita Bolaitoga and Maciu Dunadamu arrived in the country last week and are expected to march into camp at the soccer academy in Ba today.

Reddy said Waitakere United's Roy Krishna was expected to join the training squad later this week.

He said fitness would be the focus of the squard during the camp

"The main area of concern for the coaches was the fitness level during the first week of camp last week," Reddy said.

"It may have been that the players had not been training due to the floods," he said.


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