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Trials for U20 players

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, September 05, 2014

TWO Australia-based players are part of the eight who are undergoing trials for next year's FIFA under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

They are part of the 25-member squad which is in camp at the National Football Academy in Ba.

The duo who resides in Sydney are Shaun Kumar and Rajneil Chand.

A total of 17 players who helped Fiji win the Oceania Football Confederation U20 play-offs in Suva in May are in camp.

The three New Zealand-based players are Mohammed Shoaib Khan, Altaf Saheb and Divikesh Deo have not been invited for the two week camp because of club commitments.

Khan and Saheb play for the Waitakere City team while Deo is part of the Auckland City Youth team.

Fiji U20 coach Ravinesh Kumar said it was no use to call the New Zealand-based players because they were participating in a high level of competition.

Kumar said the 25 players had been undergoing one training session a day this week.

"We do not want to get the players burnt out especially after the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants," he said.

"A total of eight new players have been brought into camp. They are on trials. We want to see all the aspects of these players including techniques, tactics and game awareness.

"To judge if they excel or are same or below the level of the other 17 players were played in the regional play-offs.

"Next week we will try and organise matches against the neighbouring districts. The New Zealand-based boys will join the team when we are in Auckland for the OFC President's Cup in November."

The OFC President's Cup will features Auckland City FC, Amicale, Fiji U20, Singapore U23, Bodden Town of the Cayman Islands and one side yet to be confirmed.

The tournament will be played from November 17-23.

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