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Fiji ready for WC

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

FIJI Football Association president Rajesh Patel has assured the Vodafone Fiji under-20 side would not be a pushover in the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand next year.

The Fiji U20 side made history after winning the OFC U20 Championship to become the first football team from the country to make the World Cup.

Patel said they wanted the team to be competitive enough to face the giants from around the world.

He said they were negotiating with their counterparts in the Middle East, United States and the Caribbean for overseas tours.

"We will be one of the 24 nations that will be represented at the World Cup out of 209 FIFA associations. It's a great achievement and not easy task to achieve," Patel said.

"We don't want to go as the underdogs in the World Cup which we will be going for the first time but it won't be that any team can take us as an easy cake over."

The Fiji U20 players yesterday were presented with gift packages from sponsors Vodafone Fiji.

Fiji FA has already promised a share of $50,000 for the players and team management.

"We are proud to be the name behind the team supporting them to achieve victory. This has been the first year that the U20 had been supported financially to facilitate their training and development programmes," said the Vodafone chief operating officer Pradeep Lal.

"The true reflection of our passion and commitment for the sport can be seen in our bid to firm-up the foundation of football by support to the grassroots level of football in the country."

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