Skipper calls for fans’ support in do or die clash

Goal Keeper Kartik Sharma makes a save during the Fiji FA U17 training at the Fiji FA Academy grounds yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

SKIPPER Aron Naicker is calling out fans and supporters of the Digicel Baby Bula Boys under-17 side to turn up in numbers as they take on New Zealand tonight at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.

The two sides meet in the semi-finals of the OFC U17 Championship, with the winner advancing to the FIFA U17 World Cup in Peru later this year.

The national side will be rallying on the prayers and cheers of fans as they will battle it out against the pre-tournament favourites.

“I would like to ask all our fans and supporters to show up in numbers as we will be playing against one of the strongest teams in the competition,” he said.

The 16-year-old Swami Veivekanada College student was honoured to lead his teammates against New Zealand.

“I am humbled by the chance to lead the boys throughout this OFC tournament.”

Naicker gave credit to the fans that turned up to their past games and said their presence had a strong impact on the performance of the national side.

“The turnout by fans from our past two games really gave the boys motivation to compete and win each match.

“We know that New Zealand will come hard at us because all the teams in the semi-finals are competing for a spot at the FIFA U17 World Cup.”

He said after weeks of training, they were ready to give today’s match their very best and hoped to achieve their goal.

“I thank the coach for preparing us, now all we have to do is execute what we’ve learnt on the field.”

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