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No Visa For Rabo

Luckless Whites travel without inspirational midfielder Suva football skipper Pita Rabo will not be travelling with the team to the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League. The veteran midfielder was not
04 Apr 2016 16:11
No Visa For Rabo
Pita Rabo

Luckless Whites travel without inspirational midfielder

Suva football skipper Pita Rabo will not be travelling with the team to the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League.

The veteran midfielder was not issued a visa from the New Zealand immigration and is ruled out of the Champions League which starts on April 9 in Auckland.

Coach Gurjit Singh said yesterday that despite losing Rabo, he is pretty confident with the team he is taking.

“We have some really quality players mixed with senior and young players,” he said.

“We also have experienced midfielders when you really look at the whole team. We had faced a lot of problems preparing for this tournament. First one of our registered players was rejected by OFC and also the effects of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“But we are going into this tournament with a positive note and to do our best. It will be a tough competition going up against top teams but as I said we will try to do our best and treat every game like a final.”

Majority of the players in the team are taking part in the Champions League for the first time and Singh says, it will be a real eye opener for the players.

“Apart from five or six players, the rest will be going for the first time and that might be a bit of a risk but that is why they are in the team because they have proven themselves,” he explained.

“We have a tough pool but as I have said before it is better to face a tough team and fight your way out of that pool rather than meeting them later, so we welcome the challenge.”

The Suva football team fly out of the country today.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

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