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Coach gives reps chance to shine

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

NATIONAL under-20 soccer coach Ravinesh Kumar will give every player a chance to prove their worth by testing them.

The 30-member training squad is in camp and played warm-up matches against Lautoka on Monday and Ba yesterday.

Kumar said everybody was responding well in camp and training was going as expected.

"We had two training sessions yesterday (Monday) and three today (yesterday)," he said.

"Response in camp is great and the players are doing very well."

He said the matches against top districts such as Lautoka and Ba really brought out the best in the boys.

"The matches were used to see the capabilities of the players.

"The match went well and we changed players quite often. This is because we want to give every player a chance to show their worth.

"By giving them all a chance to show what they can do in a game situation, we can have a better understanding of the players."

Kumar said one area they were keen on looking at was the combinations of the players. "Some of the players were above standard. These are the ones who have been playing in the National Football League for the respective districts.

"Some are trying their best and still need a few more games to adjust to the other players.

"We want the best combination possible and we will only do that when we have tried them all out at the different positions they play. We would like to trim the squad down to 25 players but first we need to see how each one of them plays against senior players and as a team player."

The Fiji U20 side is preparing for the Oceania World Cup qualifiers which will be held in New Zealand in May.


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