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The Vodafone Fiji National Under 19 Women’s Team Are All Set For The 2017 OFC U19 Women’s Championship In New Zealand.

The Vodafone Fiji National Under 19 Women’s Team Are All Set For The 2017 OFC U19 Women’s Championship In New Zealand.
July 06
10:00 2017

Coach Saroj Kumar said they had prepared well for the championship.

He said they were going to the championship as underdogs.

“We are going as underdogs as this is our first time for this age group competition and we will take each game as it comes,” he said

Kumar had faith in his squad and believed the girls would make everyone proud.

“I have faith in my players and I know with all their sacrifices they will do their best. “

Kumar said some of his players had some experience after playing in the last OFC Under 17 Championship.

“Majority of our players are from the last Under 17 championship and their experience is a major boost.”

The Tavua coach said their major setback was the unavailability of their top choice goalkeeper.

With only five days away from the kick-off, top choice goalkeeper and 2016 OFC U17 Women’s Championship Golden Glove Award winner Francine Lockington has been ruled out of the squad due to severe illness.

Also ruled out from the squad is Labasa girl Arishna Devi due to injury.

The championship will be played as a round-robin competition from 11-24 July at Ngahue Reserve in Auckland, New Zealand to determine Oceania’s representative nation at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.

Fiji opens its campaign against Tonga on July 11 before battling hosts New Zealand three days later. They play Samoa on July 17, meet Papua New Guinea four days later before playing New Caledonia in the final match.

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