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More warm-up for national U20

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, February 09, 2013

THE Fiji under-20 soccer side drew 1-all with the Lautoka team in a warm-up game at Churchill Park on Wednesday.

The Blues scored both goals in the second spell. Joape Mundre nodded in a corner kick while Alvin Avinesh lobbed the ball over goalkeeper Jone Sorolo in an attempted back pass which went wrong.

The warm-up match between the two teams last week also ended in a 1-all draw.

Fiji U20 coach Ravinesh Kumar said they would be looking to play more district teams in the build-up to the Oceania Football Confederation U20 playoffs in the country next month.

Kumar said they needed to mould a winning combination.

"The preparations for the Oceania playoffs have been going well," Kumar said.

"The fitness level is gradually going up. It cannot go up all of a sudden but it is improving day by day. This team has players from many districts. They are combining well and are bonding together."

"With the warm-up games we are looking to build a winning combination. Much of the focus is on the midfielders and the strikers."

"The hit outs against Lautoka were good. It has exposed areas that we need to improve on. We have to play more matches against the district teams. The boys need to adapt to both Govind Park and Churchill Park as the tournament will be played at both venues."

New Zealand, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia will also compete. The first four rounds of matches will be played at Churchill Park while the final round will be held at Govind Park.


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