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Fiji U19 to tour Australia

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, February 03, 2014

THE Ravinesh Kumar coached Fiji under-19 team will tour Australia as part of its preparations for the Oceania playoffs in May.

The tour to Queensland is being finalised and will cost the Fiji Football Association a substantial amount of money.

The parent body is putting a lot of emphasis on building a formidable combination for the Oceania play-offs with the winner guaranteed entry to the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.

With the host gaining automatic qualification the fight for Oceania's lone spot will be between American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said the budget for their Oceania U19 campaign was being drawn up.

Patel said the training squad would be holding regular camps.

"The Fiji U19 team will play against the districts in the National Football League," he said.

"However the points will not be counted. This is because there is automatic promotion and relegation this year and we don't want those results to affect the districts."

The regional U20 competition was changed to the U19 level during the Oceania Football Confederation executive meeting in New Zealand last year.

This is to allow the successful team to have at least one year to prepare for the U20 World Cup.

The Oceania U19 play-offs will be held in New Zealand from May 22 to May 30.

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