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Fiji U19 wins another warm-up in New Zealand

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, May 03, 2014

THE Ravinesh Kumar-coached Fiji under-19 warmed up for its two upcoming friendlies against the New Zealand U20 team with a morale boosting 5-2 victory against Western Springs in Auckland on Thursday.

With the win, the Fiji U19 team stretched its unbeaten record to four on the seven-match tour.

Rewa's Iosefo Verevou and Ba's Samuela Nabenia scored a double each against Western Springs.

Setareki Hughes of Rewa also got his name on the scoring sheet.

Fiji Football Association national coaching director Juan Carlos Buzzetti said the team played its best game on the tour on Thursday.

Buzzetti said the sides were 2-all at the break.

"We gave a chance to players who did not get much game time in the previous games the opportunity to get a run," he said.

"The first half finished 2-2 against a fit and well organised opposition. In the second half we controlled the game with smooth one and two touches of the ball which allowed us to keep possession and create good counter attacks.

"The goals except for one penalty were very well executed by our players with a team build up and very good finish."

Fiji U19 will face New Zealand U20 at Bill McKinlay Park tomorrow and then at North Harbour Stadium on Tuesday.

Buzzetti said they were eager to complete the tour on a high note.

"After four games in eight days, now we will face a very strong NZ squad that includes players from overseas," he said.

The Fiji U19 team returns on May 9.

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