Boys Played Well: Lal
The Vodafone Fijian Under-20 team lost 3-0 in their first warm-up match against Mexico U20 last Friday at the Valentine’s Sports Stadium in Sydney, Australia.
Assistant coach Shalen Lal said head coach Frank Farina would use the warm-up match to pick out the strengths and weaknesses of the team and to see how well they adapt in the cold weather.
“Our boys were playing a champion team and this is their first time experience, but they did really good,” Lal told Fiji FA Media.
“Coach Frank Farina has seen the weaknesses and strengths in our team after playing Mexico, so this was a good experience for the team because they played in the cold conditions.”
Fiji FA chief executive officer Bob Kumar said a win was not what they are hoping for in these warm-up matches.
“It was just a warm-up match,” Kumar said.
“The main purpose is to expose the boys so they can gain some experience and acclimatise.
“These games are just a build-up to the main tournament and I think they are doing well. We just need the support of the fans in Fiji and abroad and we welcome their first game against Germany.”
Fiji will play their next warm-up match against Columbia tomorrow at 5pm at Valentine’s Sports Stadium.
The warm-up matches will help prepare the team for the upcoming FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand as Fiji is pooled with Germany, Uzbekistan and Honduras.
Fiji will play their opening match against Germany on June 1 in Christchurch.