What Went Wrong In Kone?
Ba’s 8-0 thrashing from Team Wellington on Saturday night in the OFC Champions League is a big humiliation to football in the country.
This is because Ba’s qualification to the Champions League was based on the fact that they won the 2016 Vodafone Premier League, which means that they are the country’s top football team.
But to attain such a result is a disgrace and the Fiji Football Association cannot afford to turn a blind eye on the matter.
It’s time for the parent body to sit up and look into the situation. The decision makers need to take necessary action on what is needed to be done to lift the standard of football in the country.
We appreciate all the work that have been done so far in the establishing of Centres of Excellence throughout the country. But is that all? What about our premier competition?
Our champion teams’ performance in the OFC Champions League have dropped drastically over the years.
We are no longer seen as contenders but to be there just to make up the numbers.
This year, we’ve seen the recruitment of overseas players and are now allowed to play in our premier competition.
Is that going to fix our football woes? Maybe it will for a short term but again there is nothing stopping us from looking elsewhere.
Our football friends from the Cooks have showed us how they did it. Their champion Puaikura FC was one of the most improved teams in the Champions League. They scored first against Team Wellington and led for most part of the game before the Kiwis came back to win 4-1. In their other pool games they took Ba and Hienghene Sport to the wire.
Well, the Cooks fielded their local players but instead hired the services of New Zealand based- England football coach Kevin Fallon who did wonders in their campaign.
Maybe, the hiring of overseas coaches by our district teams could be something Fiji FA could ponder on and be able to take into consideration for the betterment of football in the country.