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Learning Experience: Khan

  Though the New Zealand All Whites lifted up the Trans Pacific Cup after beating the Vodafone Fijian Futsal team 4-1 last Friday, the Fijians showed massive improvement. Going down
22 Dec 2015 12:09
Learning Experience: Khan

 

Though the New Zealand All Whites lifted up the Trans Pacific Cup after beating the Vodafone Fijian Futsal team 4-1 last Friday, the Fijians showed massive improvement.

Going down 8-0 in their first game last Tuesday, the Fijians came back in their second game on Wednesday to score first against the All Whites despite losing 7-2.

The gap closed in their third and final game on Friday night at the ASB Stadium in Auckland as Fiji showed their defensive skills and ability to keep up with the Kiwis losing 4-0.

Coach Intiaz Khan said the team was more focused on learning from the tour as they prepared for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Futsal Championships on February 8-13 at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.

“We’ve learned so many things,” Khan said.

“The majority of the players play at club level but now they know what Futsal it is like at international level.

“We needed to gauge our players and we are thankful for this tournament because if we did not take part in this Trans Pacific Cup, we would be in for a rude awakening at the OFC Futsal Championships.

“We know now what it means playing against overseas countries like New Zealand and what they will bring to the table in February.”

Khan has also lashed out at critics on social media who have expressed their opinions regarding Fiji’s defeats to New Zealand.

“This tour is not about the scorelines and for those who have been negative towards the team, we are not worried and do not care about their opinions,” he said.

“We ask that people be positive, support Fiji Football Association and the Futsal team. We will get better with more game time with quality teams like New Zealand.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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