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Exposure for U20

Arin Kumar
Monday, June 02, 2014

FIJI Football Association president Rajesh Patel wants to give the Vodafone Fiji U20 side more exposure before they compete at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand next year.

On Saturday, the Fiji U20 side beat the Solomon Islands 2-1 to qualify for the World Cup and becomes the first side from the country to qualify for any FIFA World Cup.

Patel said he was negotiating with his counterparts in the Middle East, United States and the Caribbean for overseas tours.

"It's a history win and it is a moment we can't forget," he said.

"This has never happened in the 76-year history of football in Fiji and I'm glad it's under my leadership.

"This is something we can't dwell on and we have plans for overseas tours before the World Cup."

He said he would travel to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil later this month to discuss the tours with his counterparts from the targeted countries.

"They (Fiji U20) will be going for a tour to the Middle East. I have had a chat with the Oceania Football Confederation president David Chung regarding it and also to the USA and the Caribbean.

"I will be going to Brazil for the World Cup to meet with the president of the other Confederations and countries to line up the tours.

"We want to do it later this year and another next year."

OFC Head of Competitions Michael Song said the U20 Championship was a huge success.

"Overall, everything went very well and it was a successful tournament," he said.

"The feedback we got from the other teams was that they enjoyed it and they envy Fiji because Fiji has really good facilities.

"Also we are really happy with our coverage of the tournament in the region and we are happy with the spectators that came to watch here at the ANZ Stadium in Suva."

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