FORMER Fiji midfielder Vishwa Nair is backing Iqbal Khan for the Fiji Football Association vice-president's post West.
"We need people who can market the game, Fiji soccer, its players and then we will have our players playing overseas," said the Brisbane, Australia, based former Ba, Suva and Lautoka rep.
"Districts delegates need to think about the future of Fiji soccer.
"Fiji FA needs the Iqbal Khans and Raymond Singhs to help improve Fiji soccer."
Nair said for too long Fiji soccer had suffered and it was time to get fresh faces and new ideas into the system.
"I think Commordore Voreqe Bainimarama hit the nail on the head when he said Fiji soccer needs to improve our world ranking. It was an honest opinion from him," Nair said.
"How can we improve our ranking when we are still playing Vanuatu, PNG and the Pacific Island teams. Now I hear we are struggling to beat teams like Papua New Guinea and Solomons.
"We need to look beyond Pacific Island teams and New Zealand to have any chance of qualifying. I am confident and would love to see Fiji qualify for World Cup one day in either age group or the national team."
The positions of the three Fiji Football vice-presidents will be hotly contested for during the ordinary congress in Lautoka tomorrow.
There will be elections for the positions held by Jitendra Kumar (West), Girja Prasad (North) and Ravin Swamy (South).
Former Lautoka Football Association president Khan will contest Kumar for the Western seat.
Khan was the president when the Blues won the Inter-District Competition after a lapse of 20 years in 2005.
Former Fiji Football Association development officer Hussein Sahib will contest Prasad for the Northern seat.
In the South, the battle will be between Swamy, Arvind Dutt and former Fiji FA National League board secretary Jainendra Sukhu. FFA says it will decide whether Khan's nomination is valid for the election.