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Fiji U20 to play in OFC event

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, August 25, 2014

THE Ravinesh Kumar coached Fiji under-20 team will participate at the Oceania Football Confederation President's Cup in New Zealand in November.

The OFC President's Cup is a new competition and will feature the 2014 Oceania Champions League winner Auckland City, finalist Amicale FC of Vanuatu, two teams from the Asian Football Confederation and two other invited teams.

The Fiji U20 team created history by qualifying for next year's FIFA U20 World Cup after winning the regional playoffs in Suva in May.

Fiji remained unbeaten in the competition recording four wins and a draw.

This was Fiji's first Oceania U20 title victory in 40 years.

The extended squad will march into camp at the academy in Ba this Sunday.

Majority of the players featured for their respective district teams during the Battle of the Giants group stage.

Kumar said the U20 boys had been improving because they were playing alongside the senior players.

He said several players had been drafted in the squad after the Fiji Secondary Schools Football Association Inter District Competition.

"There will be a two-week camp starting on August 31," he said.

"They will be going through sessions and we have to see if they still remember what they learnt during the qualifications.

"We will be calling several new players that were selected during the secondary schools IDC. There are couple of overseas boys who are interested who we have invited for the trials."

Kumar said playing at the OFC President's Cup would give them great exposure.

"The tournament will feature some strong clubs," he said.

"The players need this sort of exposure to lift their standard. We are hoping to go to Australia as well for some friendly games."

The OFC President's Cup will be held from November 17-23.

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