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Rajesh Patel
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Greetings to you all!

Firstly, I would like to congratulate Vodafone Lautoka Football Club for confirming a quarter-final spot in the 2018 OFC Champions League. It only took the Blues its first two games to decide their fate in the competition. I commend the effort of the players, coaches and the officials. On behalf of the Fiji FA fraternity, I would like to wish Lautoka all the best for the knockout stages.

Our national football team marched back into camp yesterday to prepare for the Philippines tour later this month to play their 123rd ranked national team, sanctioned under the international window. We are 168th on the FIFA rankings and I know our coach Christophe Gamel will do all the hard yards while preparing the Bula Boys for the upcoming international friendly.

We will also be welcoming our new goalkeeper coach all the way from France. Xavier Henneuse will be arriving into the country this Friday, bringing along all the experience and tactics with him to nurture our goalkeepers in Fiji.

Moving on, the Mom N Pop League, after two successful outings in Ba and Lautoka respectively, was held in Suva last Saturday. It was great to note that the parents did take their precious time out from a busy schedule and brought their kids to Albert Park to enjoy the two-hour football program organised by our technical department. Mom N Pop League offers everyone the chance to play football, without discrimination and without the need for major infrastructure.

As the Vodafone Premier League continues this week together the women's league and all other respective age group competitions, yet another week of exciting fixtures has been scheduled and the football fans can enjoy themselves with some interesting matches to witness.

I wish everyone a blessed week ahead.

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