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Kumar impressed

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FIJI under-20 football coach Ravinesh Kumar is impressed with the talent in the North.

During his visit to Vanua Levu last week where he conducted trials for the U17 and U20 teams, Kumar managed to unearth some potential national reps.

He said the passion for football in Labasa was overwhelming.

"There is lot of talent and passion for football in Labasa. People there turn their farmland into football fields," Kumar, the former Lautoka coach, said.

"This is very encouraging and it's a good sign for football in the country."

Kumar also paid a visit to Savusavu where he tried some players.

"We may visit Savusavu and other areas in Vanua Levu next year. There is so much talent there and as part of Fiji Football's development strategy, we will ensure that they get the chance show their potential.

"I have brought some players with me from Labasa who are in camp at the Football Academy in Ba with the rest of the U20 squad."

Kumar said the squad would play warm-up matches with the Western district teams before he finalised the team.

Yesterday the Fiji U20 squad was supposed to play Lautoka.

Meanwhile Kumar has set up a U17 squad in Labasa to be trained by Johan Leewai.

"I want to thank Johan Leewai and the staff Gurunanak College in Labasa especially Alvin Krishna for assisting me during my tour in the North."