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Dream run

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

AS Germany celebrated its fourth FIFA World Cup victory yesterday, the Fiji Football Association laid out plans to qualify for the world's biggest single sporting event in the future.

While it may seem impossible given our latest status, 188th out of 207 countries affiliated with FIFA, Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said the World Cup was still in their sight.

"You got to take one step at a time. We have already qualified for the U20 World Cup so we have got our developments in place now and we have seen the result at a young age group," he said.

"That (World Cup) is the next step. Every country's wish is to qualify for the World Cup and we have qualified for the U20 which we will take it from at this moment."

Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in extra time at Maracana Stadium in Brazil to clinch the 2014 World Cup title. Super sub Mario Gotze's stupendous strike in the 113th minute created history after Germany became the first European team to win the cup on South American soil.

Mr Patel, while congratulating Germany for its grand win, said local players had a lot to learn from this World Cup.

Fiji FA expects about $1million from the parent body FIFA as bonus from the surplus generated from this World Cup.


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