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Fiji U20 needs to win to qualify for WC

Arin Kumar
Saturday, May 31, 2014

IT was not something they were expecting but it's something they prepared for.

The Vodafone Fiji U20 side was not expecting a draw against Vanuatu but Fiji coach Ravinesh Kumar said the tournament is not over until the last match is over.

His side faces the Solomon Islands today in the match that would decide their fate - whether they would compete in the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand next year or not.

He said they put their 2-all draw against Vanuatu behind them and were now recovering before they take on the Solomon Islands.

"We don't have any major injuries and players were taken off early (in game against Vanuatu) for them to recover for tomorrow (today)," Kumar said.

"We are in the recovery stage today (yesterday) and players will do some other rehab activities so that they get psyched up again for this game."

He said they were in a must win situation and his players understood that.

"The boys know the importance of this match. A win is a must for us if we want to be in the World Cup next year.

"We have watched the Solomon Islanders play and we also have their videos and we will work on a way to tackle them tomorrow (today)."

The match is scheduled to kick off at 7.30pm and Kumar is calling for crowd support to motivate his players for the match.

"Yesterday (Thursday) even though fans of Vanuatu were less in number, they cheered more loudly and consistently than Fiji fans.

"This is our last and most crucial match and crowd support would definitely motivate the players to win."

The New Caledonia versus American Samoa is scheduled for 2.30pm while the Papua New Guinea versus Vanuatu is scheduled for 5pm.