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90min away from history

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, May 29, 2014

WE are 90 minutes away from creating history, an achievement that this generation and maybe the coming ones too will talk about for some time.

Qualifying for a world event and that in football for Fiji will be a huge accomplishment given the state we are in.

However, our standard seems to be improving and by the looks of it, development is well in progress with the performance of the Vodafone Fiji under-20 side in the Oceania Football Confederation U20 Championship which is being held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

When Fiji takes on Vanuatu at 5pm today, all those football loving people will have their eyes and ears on the game.

The Ravinesh Kumar-coached side needs a win to claim the OFC U20 Championship and book its place in the FIFA U20 World Cup.

Sounds simple but it won't be easy.

Vanuatu, also undefeated like Fiji, trails the hosts by two points and they know a win will certainly give them the edge to scoop the historic world cup berth from under the nose of the Fijians.

Fiji leads the tally on nine points after scoring nine goals and conceding none, and is slightly favoured to win this match.

Against Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, the Fijians were hungry for possession, rigid in defence but not that lethal in attack especially the finishing.

The team has a brilliant attacking formation and with players such as Praneel Naidu lashing those deep crosses from the flanks, the onus is on the strikers to provide that finishing touch.

Naidu has an excellent combination with Narend Rao, Samuela Nabenia and Saula Waqa upfront and is well supported by Nickel Chand, Jale Dreloa and Antonio Tuivuna in the centre.

The defence led by Kolinio Sivoki, Mohammed Khan and goalkeeper Misiwani Nairube have done well to keep the attackers at bay.

Although the Fiji defence is yet to be tested apart from few a barrage they received from the New Caledonians, it will be interesting to see how they hold up to the lethal Vanuatu attack.

It will be a great matchup of the two top attacking sides in the championship.

Who will reign, only time will tell.

Go Fiji, go!

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