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Fiji FA searches for best players

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

THE Fiji Football Association is urging the district associations in Northern Division to send eligible players for the four-day national under-17 and U20 trials which starts in Labasa this morning.

The parent body is taking a serious approach in the build-up of two teams with the Oceania World Cup qualifiers next year.

Last month, a training camp for the U20 players was held at the National Football Academy in Ba.

Fiji FA vice-president and national team director Tarunesh Reddy said the trials were open for all players who met the age group criteria.

He said there were many hidden talents in the Northern Division.

"Roy Krishna was discovered during one these trials," Reddy said.

"Our coach Ravinesh Kumar will be based in Labasa for four days. We want the co-oporation of all the district associations. The trials are not only for the players in Labasa and we want to see players from Dreketi, Savusavu, Bua, Taveuni and other areas to attend."

Players who are born in 1995 and 1996 are eligible to try for the U20 team while players born in 1998 and 1999 are eligible to try for the U17 team.

Reddy said the U20 players would return for the second week-long camp next Monday.

He said the players would then be released for the Christmas and New Year break.

"The U20 players will reassemble in Ba in the first week of January," Reddy said.

"This is in preparation for the start of the National Football League. We will be taking things very seriously. For the U20 there is a good chance to win the Oceania playoffs for the first time."

The Oceania U20 playoffs will be held in New Zealand in May.

The winner will qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup which also will be held in New Zealand in 2015.

New Zealand has automatically qualified for the tournament as the hosts.

Today's trials begins at the Shri Guru Nanak Khalsa College at 9am and will run daily until Friday.