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We Need To Be Spot On, Says Rodu

We Need To Be Spot On, Says Rodu
Vodafone Fijian Women football striker Luisa Tamanitoakula on attack against Vanuatu at Churchill Park, Lautoka on August 24, 2018. Fiji won 5-1. Photo: OFC Media
August 27
11:00 2018

Today will be a crucial en­counter for the Vodafone Fiji­an Women’s football team as they take on Solomon Islands at the OFC Women’s Nations Cup quali­fier at Churchill Park, Lautoka.

The Marika Rodu coached- side dumped Vanuatu 5-1 while Solomon Islands beat American Samoa 2-0 in their opening games. Although both teams managed to get the game under control, it took them a while to settle into the flow of the occa­sion.

Solomon Islands coach Diane Jus­tus told OFC Media that mental fit­ness was the reason behind their win.

“We also did well in terms of tech­nique-wise and ball work,” she said.

However, Justus said they would need to work hard when playing against a more organised and ruth­less opponent.

“It’s not going to be as easy against Fiji as we’re playing the host and we might have more spectators too,” she said.

“But despite that we will work on what we can to manage the game. We’re looking forward to that match.”

The Fijians are ready to continue pushing for their place in the OFC Women’s Nations Cup in November.

“We’ll take this next match as we took Vanuatu,” Rodu said.

“We’ve business to attend to. We’re on course. It’s a good start for us but we would like to continue build­ing on our opening performance against Solomon Islands.

“We made a lot of mistakes, we could have utilised the chances we created.

“We went successfully behind the defensive line, but did not convert those chances into points.”

The match kicks-off at 3pm.

LINE-UP

Fiji: 1. Adi Tuwai (GK), 2. Lou­isa Simmons, 3. Jenniffer Tavu­tia, 4. Mereoni Tora, 5. Laniana Qereqeretabua, 6. Cema Nsau, 7. Koleta Likuculacula, 8. Aliza Hus­sein, 9. Trina Davis, 10. Luisa Ta­manitoakula, 11. Kotivini Tabua, 12. Dilaisana Drodrolagi, 13. Veniana Ranadi, 14. Sonali Rao, 15. Sekola Waqanidrola, 16. Sofi Diyalowai, 17. Viniana Riwai, 18. Annette Naini­ma, 19. Timaima Vuniyayawa, 20. Anaseini Maucuna (GK)

Solomon Islands: 1. Margaret Kofe­la (GK), 2. Edith Nari, 3. Cathy Ai­hunu, 4. Rosie Sambiru, 5. Liza Solo, 6. Merina Joe, 7. Laydah Samani, 8. Serah Ragomo, 9. Agnes Noisi, 10. Crystal Bakalo, 11. Ileen Pegi, 12. Sylvester Maenu’u (GK), 13. Delmay Waihaho, 14. Muriel Gua, 15. Alisha Donga, 16. Joy Timo, 17. Rose Oge, 18. Wendy Basil, 19. Jemina David, 20. Imelda Tehekeni

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Sione Lelenga (Tonga)

Assistant Referee 1: Courteney Bremner (New Zealand); Assistant Referee 2: Nikola Holika (Tonga); Fourth Official: Tapaita Lelenga (Tonga)

WHAT’S ON TODAY

12pm American Samoa v Vanuatu,

3pm: Fiji v Solomon Islands

– Edited by Nikolau Ravai

Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj

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