‘We Are Still Alive’
The Vodafone Fijian Under-20 football team created history after upsetting a favourite Honduras to win their first ever FIFA World Cup match 3-0 in Christchurch, New Zealand yesterday.
Following their 8-1 thrashing by Germany on Monday, no one could be more proud of the boys’ outstanding fightback then coach Frank Farina.
“We’re still alive” were Farina’s sentiments after the historic win, set up by a stunning first-half where Fiji raced to a 3-0 lead which they never gave up.
“We planned to press hard from the start and that is exactly what we did. This allowed us to take chances and frustrate our opponents,” Farina said.
“We are known for being strong in defence and have proven we can also score. Our boys have realised that they can play at this level and that they do deserve to be here.
“This is a wonderful position for us to be in and we have everything to play for. We have nothing to lose and we will fight to go through as we improve from each game and learn from this incredible experience.”
Meanwhile, Honduras coach Jorge Jimenez admitted they made two costly mistakes and applauded the Frank Farina-coached side for their win.
“Football has days like this, and for us, this was not a good day. We made two mistakes which made all the difference. We expected Fiji to play a different kind of game, and anxiety set in after two early goals.
“At the end of the day, Fiji deserved to win and they won fairly. Our next match against Germany is now crucial and the pressure is on for us to perform. Fiji gave everyone a surprise and it’s our turn to do the same.”
Rewa striker Iosefo Verevou added another goal to his own historic repertoire in the 14th minute drawing first blood, followed by Saula Waqa in the 19th minute before Honduran Kevin Alvarez scored an own goal at halftime.
The Jale Dreloa-skippered side will play their final pool match on Sunday against Uzbekistan at 2pm at the Northland Event Centre in Whangarei, New Zealand.