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Fiji plans for PNG

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

FIJI U20 soccer coach Ravinesh Kumar is working on a plan to hand Papua New Guinea its first defeat of the OFC U20 Championship's today.

Both sides are unbeaten with Fiji winning both their matches while PNG has won one and drew one.

Kumar took the Vodafone-sponsored side for a recovery session at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre yesterday morning to help the side recuperate from their 2-0 win over New Caledonia on Sunday.

He said there were a few bumps and bruises but the team had turned their focus on beating PNG.

"The next game against PNG is very important because we want to keep our winning run intact," Kumar said.

"Two wins now and we are targeting the same for our next three games."

He said his players would need to maintain consistency and deliver improved performances in every game.

"The players are following instructions and going according to the game-plan but one thing they must maintain is consistency.

"Because if they don't, then their performance will fluctuate and that is not very good especially against PNG who are at the moment second to us," he said.

Kumar thanked the fans for coming out in numbers to support the team and asked for them to be present at today's game.

"I would urge the fans to continue coming to the ground to support the boys or the watch the games on FBC TV and to keep praying for these young players."

PNG coach Wynton Rufer said his side would miss the services of goalkeeper Vagi Koniel who is injured and Joshua Talau who was suspended after he was shown the red card in their match against American Samoa.

"Vagi had a dislocation of the knee cap about two months ago and he's recovered quite well from that but his first game since the injury was the 2-0 win against the Solomon Islands," Rufer told

"He did well in that match but we think he may have reinjured the knee which means he probably won't be able to play the next game.

"But miracles happen, we're always looking for miracles as we were in the second half here against American Samoa. But at this stage we're unsure if Vagi is going to be able to play in the Fiji game."

The Fiji versus PNG match kicks off at 2.30pm at the ANZ Stadium.

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