Team to camp

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The Digicel national football team would be marching into camp from mid-January at the Fiji Football Academy in Ba as preparations step up a gear in anticipation of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) qualifiers in March 2022.

Team manager Anushil Kumar confirmed the Bula Boys training camp schedules and cleared the air about it not being the last camp for the footballers.

“It won’t be the final camp for the boys. They will be marching into camp on January 17, which has been rescheduled from the 10th,” he said.

“They will be in camp for two weeks and disperse on February 1.

“There will be a break of a fortnight for the players when the training camp finishes.

“It’s a hectic schedule for the boys as the countdown to the all-important OFC qualifiers gains momentum. I thank the national team players, staff at Fiji FA Academy in Ba and the medical staff for undertaking tremendous work to ensure the team has a secure and healthy environment for our training camps.

“The staging of the camp will fall under the ‘Safe Return to Play’ protocols as outlined by the relevant authorities.

“The reason for the change in camp dates is because the national football team’s head coach Flemming Serritslev has yet to arrive from abroad. He is expected to be back before the training camp commences.”

Kumar said the key element about the training camp would be the naming of the final Digicel national football squad members to carry the hopes of a football-mad nation.

“We will be naming the final squad before the players take a two-week break on February 1.

There will be a 23-member squad selected from the current 28-member extended list. It will be the survival of the fittest.”

The Bula Boys are expected to meet again on February 17 for their final training camp either in Fiji or a planned but unconfirmed training camp in Melbourne, Australia before departing to Qatar for the OFC qualifiers

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