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Good Times Ahead, Says Farina

Good Times Ahead, Says Farina
Fiji Olympians Football side Roy Krishna, Anish Khem, Setareki Hughes, Alvin Singh and Iosefo Verevou at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
August 15
13:06 2016

There is going to be exciting time ahead for Fiji Football says, Team Fiji men’s football head coach Frank Farina.

Arriving at Nadi International Airport yesterday, Farina said there are lots of things to be devised from the post mortem of the team’s performance at the Rio Olympic Games.

“This is what countries like Fiji and the Pacific need to do and that is to play international football consistently in order to improve especially when you come up against the big boys of world football,” he said.

“Yes of course we are going to lack a little bit of experience playing in that level but we’ve got to start from somewhere.”

Farina reiterated that Fiji Football Association needs to keep developing grassroot players through junior football and that is from the Under-17 to U20 if they are to qualify for the World Cup.

“It’s a good stepping stone and I ask the people who support Fiji Football that they should be patient. I know Fijians tend to want everything. It’s a building process; you have got to be patient because it will happen overtime. As I predict in three to four years they will be pushing New Zealand at the top of Oceania.”



“We are on the right path at the moment in the near future possibly they may sign contracts abroad.

“Lots of chances for the boys as they were good in the Olympics, every one that took the field did very well,” Farina pointed out.

“We need to see more of what happened. We have come through when the team qualified for the U20 World Cup in 2014 until today, almost two years its Rio 2016 where there have been 45 to 50 international games played.”



Farina said they had no problem with the boys in terms of discipline at the ground. He indicated that they did well against some of the toughest teams in world football.”

Farina said he would remain until September next year.

“My being here is to improve the number of qualified coaches. When I came to Fiji there were two to three qualified coaches and now we have got another training starting tomorrow. What I want to do is to improve the national side and improve the coaching process and if I can do that then my job is done.



Fiji lost all their three pool matches. They went down 8-0 to South Korea, Mexico 5-1 and Germany 10-0.

Farina said he was pleased with their performance. In the Korea match they held them 1-0 at halftime.

“We went to sleep for four minutes in the second half and we found ourselves four down and the second game, it was not due to the players’ lack of fitness or lack of trying as they gave one hundred per cent.

“It was just lack of experience at that level rather and a little bit of concentration would have helped. We only get this kind of experience if we play consistently at high level. We played three very good teams there and that is what people should understand.”

Farina said he asked for improvements in each game and got what he wanted.

“Maybe with Germany in the last game they were a bit shell shocked, but they did not stop trying and discipline was fantastic in the tournament,” he added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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