New coach

The position of the Fiji football coach is in demand with about 20 applications received for the vacant position.

Fiji Football Association expects to receive the shortlist of names for the replacement of national coach Frank Farina from Oceania Football Confederation by November 15.

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said they were in contact with OFC for the application process. He said OFC had received about 20 applications.

The recruitment of the new coach is handled by OFC technical director Patrick Jacquemet.

“Patrick is in the process of short-listing the applications,” Patel said.

“He is waiting for a few more applications. We want the shortlist by November 15.

“Thereafter we will select the coach and it should be done immediately. We will have to work with the Fiji National Sports Commission to finalise the other details for the appointment.”

A 30-member national training squad, meanwhile, will hold a three-week camp in Ba from November 28 in preparation for the OFC third stage qualifiers next year.

Fiji will host New Zealand on March 20, next year, in the next stage then face New Zealand away on March 28.

Fiji’s next home match will be against New Caledonia on June 5, next year, and then travels to play New Caledonia on June 13 in the away fixture.

Patel said they were in the process of lining up some warm-up matches for the national team.

“Myanmar has agreed, but we are looking at least four matches on the tour so our side gets enough game time,” he said.

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