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Ali to help North soccer

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, June 29, 2014

FORMER national coaching director Saiyad Ali has been appointed the Fiji Football Association development officer for the North.

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said Ali, who had been mentoring the Navua team, would be responsible for establishing part-time development officers in the North.

Ali's appointment was finalised at the Fiji FA board meeting yesterday.

Patel said the main issue discussed in the meeting was the national team commitment for next year.

"We got under-17 in January then we got the World U20 in New Zealand followed by the Pacific Games where both the men and women teams will take part.

"We will also have the U23 in December so the national team commitment was something we talked about. All the national teams were asked to prepare their budget so we can forward it to the sports commission and FASANOC as we hope to get assistance from them for these commitments."

Patel also confirmed Juan Carlos Buzzetti and Imdad Ali would be focusing only on the senior national men's team.

"We want them to focus on the Pacific Games. We are going for gold there. We don't want to leave anything short in the national team (preparation) so they are fully committed with the national team."

Kamal Swamy will guide the Fiji U17 side assisted by Saiyad Ali and Shalen Lal.

Charlene Lockington replaces Usenio Logaivou, who is migrating, as the national women's coach.

"We have separated (the coaches) so every team is given equal support financially and technically so all of them can perform to the best."

Meanwhile, Fiji FA will announce its decision on the Fiji U20 players that broke camp, later.

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