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The Vodafone Fijian national football teams will be playing against teams like Singapore, India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka next year. This is in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
11 Aug 2015 08:18
Asia Tour Plan

The Vodafone Fijian national football teams will be playing against teams like Singapore, India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka next year.

This is in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup playoffs.

Fiji has been lined up to take on the Asian sides before it plays in the Oceania Football Confederation Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) in May 2016.

The PNC is part of the Oceania Football Confederation playoffs for the 2018 World Cup.

Fiji Football Association (Fiji FA) vice-president and national team director Tarunesh Reddy revealed the plan yesterday.

“We are arranging for three tours each for the national teams preparing for the World Cup playoffs and the Under-23 team to the Rio Olympics in Brazil next year,” Reddy said.

“We are liaising with the four teams to secure the build-up matches.”

Out of the four, Singapore is considered the best team in the FIFA ranking at 155, followed by India at 156, Malaysia at 168 and Sri Lanka at 182. Fiji is ranked lower then all four teams at 198.

Reddy has also raised the possibility of build-up matches against teams from the Americas and Europe.

“We are doing everything to ensure that our national and U23 sides prepare well by playing a couple of build-up matches,” Reddy said.

“A total of six tours have been looked upon at this stage as we prepare for the two important assignments next year.”

Reddy highlighted the coming friendly matches against Tonga and American Samoa will give the national teams some game time and also assist them in improving their ranking.

The PNC is scheduled for May next year while the Olympic Games are in August.

Feedback: oseab@fijisun.com.fj

 



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