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Focus On Roy, Say Phoenix

The touring Wellington Phoenix FC side expect a tough match from the Vodafone Fijian national side in their opening tie at the ANZ Stadium tomorrow. Coach Ernest Merrick said they
26 Jun 2015 09:11
Focus On Roy, Say Phoenix
Members of the Wellington Phoenix side on arrival at Nadi International Airport last night. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The touring Wellington Phoenix FC side expect a tough match from the Vodafone Fijian national side in their opening tie at the ANZ Stadium tomorrow.

Coach Ernest Merrick said they would have to play tough football since striker Roy Krishna was not on their side.

“We have to be very careful of Roy Krishna because he knows how we play,” he said.

“This has been special to us and we thank Fiji Airways, Fiji Football and the Government of Fiji. It is going to be a great experience to the players. This is not only a sporting experience, but a cultural one as well.

“I know Carlos Buzzetti and Frank Farina and will put up a good team. I think this is a good idea as we will come again next season as pre-season training. We love to mix with our neighbours.”

Merrick, is of Scottish-Australasian origin and was the coach of the Hong Kong national team and A-League football club Melbourne Victory.

He is dubbed as the current the most successful coach in A-League history.

“We will be looking out for some senior players and junior players as well to be part of the Phoenix team because we have an academy of excellence. And I know they will be challenged by your boys. If they excel they could get scholarship to be with us in Wellington.”

The Attorney-General, and Minister for Finance, Public Service and Public Enterprises Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum welcomed the team at the Nadi International Airport yesterday.

“This type of initiative of Ministry of Tourism, Tourism Fiji and Fiji Airways gives a lot of synergies that we can utilise and use our sporting talent and ability,” he said.

He said Fiji has a reputation in sports Tourism in rugby, rugby league and football. “It is a pity this initiative have not been explored before which has not been utilised by the professional teams from Australia and New Zealand.”

The teams play at 5.30pm tomorrow.

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