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Murray Calls The Shots

Murray Calls The Shots
From left; Australian football broadcaster/commentator Les Murray , Fiji Airways executive general manager sales and marketing Otto Gergye, and Vodafone Fijian U20 coach Frank Farina in Nadi on Monday night. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
May 13
07:41 2015

Les Murray says fans should not expect too much from the Vodafone Fijian Under-20 during the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.

The renowned Australia broadcaster/commentator also known as Mr. Football in Australia, was hosted by Fiji Airways to a dinner with the local media at the Sofitel Hotel in Denarau on Monday.

“It should not be based on the result,”Murray said. What is important to me is the players’ development and they shouldn’t be judge on whether they win, draw or lose. They should be in New Zealand for development.”

Murray said anything can happen on the given day but there was a need for more international matches.

“There are many things but the key is developing the young footballers. It is very achievable with the right time of coaching and vision set by the Fiji FA.

“I’ve seen a lot of excellent young talents in Fiji over the years. There are a lot of things but what is most important is right development.”

Meanwhile, he vividly remembers in 1988 when he did his first football commentary in Fiji when the Fijians beat Australian Socceroos 1-0 at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.

“It was a small ground but was pretty full, it was not like Melbourne Cricket Ground and it was difficult for me that time,” he said.

Fiji Airways manager public relations/communications Shane Hussein said they fly in Murray as part of their promotion of the upcoming Wellington Phoenix Tour to Fiji.

“We’re bringing over Les to look at Fiji’s progress in football, share his thoughts on the upcoming FIFA U20 World Cup where Fiji will make its historic debut, and talk a little about the A-League set-up in Australia.”



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