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Playing For A Cause: Francine

Playing For A Cause: Francine
Fiji's Asenaca Diranuve in action. OFC U-19 Women's Championship 2017, Samoa v Fiji, Ngahue Reserve Auckland, Monday 17th July 2017. Photo: David Joseph /
July 20
10:30 2017

The Vodafone Fijian football team aims for a strong performance against Papua New Guinea in the OFC U19 Women Championship tomorrow in Auckland.

Following a 2-2 all draw against Samoa on Monday, the Saroj Kumar-coached side looks confident as they would play for Fiji and their teammate, the late Francine Lockington.

Head Coach Saroj Kumar said it was an emotional afternoon after their game against Samoa.

“Francine was our number one goalkeeper and when they came here to the ground on the bus, normally our team comes in singing but on Monday they came in crying for Francine,”Kumar said.

“All the games that we play from now are for Francine,” Kumar said.

Kumar said the team management fought hard to motivate the girls at this difficult time.

“At first we were down because of what has happened.

“The girls were crying when they went inside the changing room at halftime against Samoa.

“We tried to cheer them up and boost their morale.

“We did well. Even with a player down they showed the guts to come back and played even better than the first half,” Kumar added.

Meanwhile, the team returns home on Tuesday and will attend the funeral of Lockington in Vatulaulau, Ba on Wednesday.

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