Patel bets for women to make World Cup cut

Fiji FA President Rajesh Patel. Picture: ANISH CHAND/FILE

THE Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel believes the national women’s team has a better chance of qualifying for a FIFA World Cup than the men’s side.

He made the comments at a press conference in Ba yesterday.

“They may be the first ones to reach the world cup than the men’s team. They are coming up with good players and now we see the players will have better chances of qualifying than the men,” said Patel.

He said Fiji FA had been investing a lot of money in women’s football in recent years.

“Over the years we got women’s football on the same wavelength as the men. We are investing a lot of money in women’s football too and we are giving them the same resources.

“Over the years we have given all the resources and good coaches and we have B-level coaching staff.”

Patel said women’s football had a good development plan with under-19 and U16 league competitions that allowed females to enter the sport.

“‘That is the part we are building in the region. They are a very strong team and they won silver and a bronze in the region.”

The pool matches of the women’s inter-district championship will be at Lawaqa Park this weekend.

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