THE Hector Smith Senior coached Fiji men's team has set high goals for the 2012/2014 International Hockey Federation World League Round Two which starts in India on February 18.
This is despite the national team entering the ten-day tournament with the lowest world ranking.
Fiji has a world ranking of 70 and will face daunting tasks against countries including India ranked 11th, Ireland ranked 15th, China ranked 18th, Oman ranked 36th and Bangladesh ranked 40th in the world.
Smith Sr said they were not going to India just to make up the numbers.
He said their aim was to finish in the top two to qualify for the next round.
Smith Sr said losing was not an option for Fiji.
"We would not be going if we were not ready," Smith Sr said.
"It will be 70 minutes game and we are ready to face any team. We have game footage of the recent Champions Trophy that was held in Australia. So we have looked at some of our oppositions.
"We have our own style of hockey. From day one we have said that it will be a mammoth task. But on the day we will try and put our right foot forward. We will play to the best of our ability.
"It is not in our mind to lose. We are not going there just to be part of the competition. We will compete and losing is never an option.
"We are not treating this tournament as an exposure for the players. We are going to compete to try and qualify for the third round.
"The first and foremost thing is we want to finish in the top two. The message to the fans is that this team carries the hope of the nation. We are flying the Fiji flag.
"Hockey is a minor sport in Fiji but we are competing in a world series. It is not an ordinary local competition. The other countries have had to qualify for the competition like us.
"The players have done the physical side preparing at home. Now we have to put that into practise on the field in India."
Fiji will face the host in the opening round in New Delhi.