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Our chance of making the U20 World Cup

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, May 22, 2014

I got this email the other day.

"I don't have any objection to what you did."

It was part of a longer sentence that ended with, "But anyways, do what you want to do and what you think is right".

Yup, the message.

I thought the Fiji under-19 soccer team that will represent us this week should get such a message as well.

It is about accepting responsibility for one's actions. It is about acknowledging the fact that as national squad members, they will carry the hopes and aspirations of the people of Fiji, and will need to take ownership of their actions on and off the field.

It is about value and to a certain extent patriotism.

The side will be part of the Oceania Football Confederation U20 play-offs at the ANZ Stadium this week.

The event starts tomorrow and is scheduled to go on until the end of the month. Vanuatu, the Solomons, American Samoa, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea are part of this event.

The general perception is that our team has the best chance of making the U20 World Cup. It is the best opportunity for the national side to recognise itself among the elites.

However, Fiji needs to win here to qualify for a spot in the World Cup.

Given the calibre of players we have now, Fiji has a strong chance of finishing well. Again, that is the general perception.

Despite missing some key players, particularly the likes of Rewa striker Iosefo Verevou because of indiscipline, it appears the national side remains upbeat about its chances.

Coach Ravinesh Kumar has named a good mix of experienced and upcoming players for this event.

It's all about achieving the best for Fiji. It's time for the players to choose the best for the country and for themselves.

Go Fiji, go.

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