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Fiji FA to announce U20 team

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, March 11, 2013

THE Fiji Football Association is expected to announce the final 20-member Fiji Under-20 team for the Oceania Football Confederation U20 playoffs this week.

The Ravinesh Kumar-coached Fiji Under-20 side will face champion Vanuatu team Amicale FC in a warm-up match at Govind Park in Ba on Friday.

The Fiji U20 side has been playing warm-up matches against Ba and Lautoka in preparation for the regional tournament.

Last Thursday the Fiji U20 team drew 1-all with Lautoka at Churchill Park. Vatukoula goalkeeper Tevita Koroi impressed for the Fiji Under-20 team during the match.

The former Drasa Secondary School student made numerous fine saves.

The coaching staff of both teams sent in their best line-up before substituting players to test the different combinations.

After a scoreless first half, Valerio Nawatu broke the deadlock for the host team with a close range attempt.

Lautoka goalkeeper Jone Sorolo who also played gallantly miss judged a free-kick to allow the Fiji U20 team to draw level.

Sorolo was in the wrong position as former Tavua rep Jone Salauneune curled the ball in over the defensive wall from out of the box.

Fiji U20 included Nadi duo Rusiate Matirerega and Napolioni Qasevakatini while Alvin Avinesh, Mitieli Namuka, Zibraaz Sahid, Noa Vukica, Jone Kaloutani, Dave Radrigai, Asombe Hendry Uche, Ali Chigozie Anthoney and Joape Mudre featured for Lautoka.

Fiji Football Association vice-president and national team director Tarunesh Reddy said they had good hit outs against Ba and Lautoka.

"The team has been training three times a day in Ba," Reddy said.

"The focus is on building the combinations. We will play more warm-up games. The results of these games do not matter much as we want to test the best possible combinations."

The national U20 team will begin their campaign against Vanuatu at Churchill Park on March 21. Fiji's second game will be against New Caledonia on March 23 at Churchill Park while the third game will be against New Zealand on March 27 at the same venue.

The tournament proper will move to Govind Park on March 29 with Fiji facing Papua New Guinea. The winner of the OFC U20 playoffs will qualify for the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey from June 21-July 13.





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