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Naupoto impressed with U20

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

THE Fiji Football Association has given the green light for the staging of the Pacific Cup in New Zealand later this year.

The semi-finalists of the Battle of the Giants will earn a spot in the tournament.

The inaugural tournament was organised by the New Zealand Fiji Football Association Incorporated last year. The tournament was won by the Kamal Swamy- coached Nadi side.

The other local teams that participated in the tournament included Ba, Lautoka and Labasa. The NZ Fiji FA Inc incurred a $66,000 loss during the tournament.

The concept of the tournament was to give the local players exposure and generate funds for the touring national teams to New Zealand.

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said some of the local teams under-performed during last year's tournament.

He said the organisers had forked out a lot of money to get the teams from Fiji.

"The Fiji FA board of control will have the final say on which teams will be travelling to New Zealand," Patel said.

"At the extraordinary congress it was decided that the four semi-finalists from the BOG will be participating. But if any of those teams don't perform after the BOG locally then the Fiji FA board of control will decide on replacements."

Nadi defeated Ba in a penalty shootout during the final of the 2012 Pacific Cup.