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Baptism Of Fire

The Vodafone Fijian Under-20 will be facing a strong and an experienced Germany side in Christchurch on Monday. It will be a baptism of fire when our local reps face
29 May 2015 08:10
Baptism Of Fire

The Vodafone Fijian Under-20 will be facing a strong and an experienced Germany side in Christchurch on Monday.

It will be a baptism of fire when our local reps face players who are competing in Germany’s top football competition, the Bundesliga.

Some of the players are members of the Borussia Dortmund FC, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim FC, Bayer Leverkusen and FC Schalke.

And German coach Frank Wormuth said they were not worried about being classed as favourites as they will go in with a clear mindset.

“We are in a good state and looking forward to our first game,” Wormuth said.

“We don’t think about who are favourites because we don’t know the other teams.”

Regardless of being pooled with Fiji, Uzbekistan and Honduras, the squad is looking forward to their first game as they arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Vodafone Fijian U20 team are being forced to adapt to cold conditions in Christchurch.

Coach Frank Farina said the team’s build-up matches would prepare them well ahead of their inaugural match against Germany.

“The players know that it will not be easy and this is the very first time they will be facing such conditions and will have to be ready,” he said.

“This is what was needed because to play at this level you need to have the best build-up and the best games.

“The players have responded well and I am proud of them.”

Germany will play Fiji at 1pm on Monday at Christchurch Stadium in New Zealand.

The FIFA U20 World Cup will start tomorrow at 1pm with hosts New Zealand opening the tournament against Ukraine at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 



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