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Futsal team out to make history

Written By : Sun Fiji Sportsdesk. National Futsal team coach Intiaz Khan is impressed with the commitment and dedication shown by his players during training since the squad marched into
03 Jun 2008 12:00

image Written By : Sun Fiji Sportsdesk. National Futsal team coach Intiaz Khan is impressed with the commitment and dedication shown by his players during training since the squad marched into camp on Monday night.
Despite the early setbacks that plagued the national team’s buildup, Khan remains optimistic that this may well be the year when Fiji makes history in football by qualifying for the Futsal world cup to be hosted by Brazil in September.
Khan said every game would be like the final for the side.
“The aim will be to get maximum three points and also score as many goals as possible in every game. The boys are in high spirits and they know what is at stake here.’’
“As coach I’m expecting very tough competition but then again these boys have been carefully selected and they should be able to stand up to the challenge,’’ Khan said.
The former Suva and Fiji midfielder is impressed with Lautoka pivot Alvin Avinesh.
“Alvin has been very good so far and like I mentioned before he is a player of great potential.’’
The squad hit the pool yesterday for a recovery session and underwent two training sessions.
Khan said Fiji skipper for the qualifiers would be announced at an official function on Thursday evening.
Navua defender Siga Ali is the only player yet to join camp.
Ali who starred in Navua’s Fiji FACT win over the weekend has been given time until today to avail himself or miss out on national duties.

Fiji squad: Alvin Avinesh, Arvindra Naidu, Azmat Begg, Imtiaz Begg, Dinesh Mudaliar, Sandeep Nair, Kamal Hassan, Wasim Ali, Siga Ali, Ashish Chand, Vikash Prasad, Mira Hussein Sahib.
Fixtures: June 8: 5pm Solomon Islands-New Zealand, 6.30 Tuvalu-Vanuatu, 8pm Fiji-New Caledonia. June 9: 5pm New Zealand-Vanuatu, 6.30 Solomon Islands-New Caledonia, 8pm Tuvalu-Tahiti. June 10: 5pm, Vanuatu-New Caledonia, 6.30 New Zealand-Tahiti, 8pm Solomon Islands-Fiji. June 11: 5pm New Caledonia-Tahiti, 6.30, Vanuatu-Fiji, 8pm New Zealand-Tuvalu. June 12: 5pm Tahiti-Fiji, 6.30 New Caledonia-Tuvalu, 8pm Vanuatu-Solomon Islands. June 13: 5pm Fiji-Tuvalu, 6.30 Tahiti-Solomon Islands, 8pm New Caledonia-New Zealand. June 14: 5pm Tuvalu-Solomon Islands, 6.30 Fiji-New Zealand, 8pm Tahiti-Vanuatu.


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