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Fiji eyes win over New Caledonia

Written By : AMIT RAJ . Fiji coach Intiaz Khan is quietly confident of an opening round victory over New Caledonia in tonight’s Oceania Futsal World Cup qualifiers despite continued
07 Jun 2008 12:00

image Written By : AMIT RAJ . Fiji coach Intiaz Khan is quietly confident of an opening round victory over New Caledonia in tonight’s Oceania Futsal World Cup qualifiers despite continued setbacks. “We are ready. The boys are in a positive mindset and they are raring to go. We have done everything, the essentials, the basics, team combination and also discipline.’’ “There is extraordinary bonding and unity in the team. We know nothing about the New Caledonia team so we will go in there to judge them with a defensive approach also knowing we have to get three points out of this game and every other game we will be playing,’’ Khan said.
“Futsal is also about precise counter attacking and making sure we make the opportunities count for us on the score board.’’
“This is a great team with a solid set of ball players. We are not overconfident at all but if this team was together for at least four weeks then as coach I would have confidently said that we will make history.’’
“It is very important for us to beat New Caledonia tomorrow (tonight). The boys know Brazil and Futsal World Cup is waiting for them if they win every game,’’ said the 32-year-old who represented the national team alongside captain Shalendra Lal, Ronald Chaudhry and Sitiveni Qarau at the 1999 Oceania Futsal World Cup Qualifiers in Vanuatu where Fiji lost 1-2 to Australia in the final.
Fiji team skipper and Suva defender Mira Saheb will lead the charge against New Caledonia and he will be assisted by the likes of vice-captain Kamal Hassan (Rewa), Siga Ali (Navua), Alvin Avinesh (Lautoka) and Dinesh Mudaliar (Labasa).
Khan said all his 12 players were injury free and available to play in the opener.
“At the moment everybody is injury free and looking forward to the first game but because of the Fiji FACT, we didn’t have much time together and once we did come together on Monday we’ve had limited training sessions to avoid playing going down and getting fatigued,’’ he said.
Tonight’s games at the Vodafone Arena: 5pm Solomon Islands – New Zealand, 6.30pm Tuvalu -Vanuatu, 8pm Fiji – New Caledonia.



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