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Fijians ‘Have Edge’

Fijians ‘Have Edge’
Minister Semi Koroilavesau with delegates at the Novotel Hotel in Nadi on January 21, 2019.
September 17
08:44 2014

Vodafone Fiji Under-20 soccer team technical adviser Frank Farina believes Fiji has what it takes to perform at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.

The former Socceroos coach/player said he fancied Fijian football players since his playing and coaching days.

Vodafone Fiji Under-20 soccer team technical adviser Frank Farina.

Vodafone Fiji Under-20 soccer team technical adviser Frank Farina.

He said Fiji making their debut in the major tournament was a fantastic dream.

“Fijians are always physically very strong and competitive at all age levels, which is very important,” said Farina.

“Technically all the island countries are good and just have to combine technique and tactics, but Fiji always have this physical presence which the other island countries probably don’t have.”

He said Fijians had a big plus in terms of agility and speed, but needed to be enlightened in terms of the other aspects of football.

“They are quite good, big boys and it is good to go to the world cup or major tournaments with that size. You don’t want to be outmuscled,” Farina said.

“You can combine all those things technical and tactical aspects to go well along with physical appearance and there is no reason why Fiji Football cannot get better.”

The 50-year-old recounted coaching against Fiji under the guidance of former national coach late Billy Singh, saying those were some of his best memories of Fiji soccer.

“We played Fiji at Coffs Harbour and we won.

“ It was a bit tighter than what we expected. I have played against Fiji many times and coached as well.

“There was never a negative or nasty moment and we always played in good spirit.”

Farina was also the head coach of A-League club Sydney FC in 2012.

His playing career spanned Australia, Belgium, France, Italy and England, and was a major player in the late 1980s and 1990s, as well as managing the national team in the early 2000s.

He was part of the Australian Under-20, U23 and senior team and played in the world cup and Olympic Games as well.

Meanwhile, teams that have already qualified for next year’s tournament include Fiji, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Serbia, Ukraine, Australia, North Korea, Thailand, Afghanistan and host New Zealand.



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