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More games for Fiji football team

Moiz Munif
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

FIJI Football Association (Fiji FA) president Rajesh Patel said the national team would be in action next month during the international FIFA window.

He confirmed that they were interested to face an Asian nation, but was tightlipped to reveal which teams they had approached. Patel said if negotiations failed they had a plan for an Oceania region series.

"We are working on March window and on the verge of finalisation," he said.

"We are talking to a few Asian countries, if it does not work out then we have got a plan to play with Tahiti and New Caledonia in the Unity/Friendship Cup."

Patel was at the Vodafone under-19 League launch last weekend at the Fiji FA headquarters in Vatuwaqa.

In his address the Fiji FA president said their main objective now was to target the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. FIFA earlier had passed to increase the number of teams from the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

"Fiji FA has invested a lot in the development of youth as you know our mission is 2026. Mission is the qualification for the World Cup 2026. We have qualified for two FIFA events. But we have not been to the main world cup that is everyone's dream," he said.

"FIFA has approved for one and half slot for Oceania for the 2026. That means one will automatically qualify and half spot will come through the qualification rounds. This provides a good opportunity for Fiji to qualify for the event."

Patel said they had roped in quite a number of former national reps for their development team and hoped that competitions like the U19 and U16 would assist in their bid to field a strong squad come 2026.

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