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Dreloa leads Fiji U20

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, May 23, 2014

JALE Dreloa is ready to lead the Vodafone Fiji under-20 side to history in the Oceania Football Confederation U20 Championship which starts today in Suva.

Fiji will compete against American Samoa, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and New Caledonia for a spot in the FIFA U20 World Cup.

Dreloa, who plays for Suva in the domestic competition, said he would do everything under his capacity to keep the team focused on the task at hand.

He said the experience he gained from leading the team last year would help him.

Dreloa will be assisted by Samuela Naibenia.

"I thank the God for this opportunity. This is my second time to lead the team and the experience from last year would certainly help me," he said.

"Last year we didn't make it but I am confident the boys will do it this year. There is no pressure on the team and the boys are focused and looking forward to the first game."

Fiji Football Association vice-president and national team director Tarunesh Reddy reminded the players of their responsibility.

Fiji FA CEO Bob Kumar and vice-president Yogeshwar Singh also gave motivational speeches to spur the morale of the players.

Reddy said they had planned a big incentive for the team if it achieved the top finish.

"We are flying the national flag. We will not get a best opportunity like this qualifier and hopefully we qualify," Reddy told the players.

"Fiji FA and the coaches are confident the team will do wonders."

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