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Prasad: Hopeful For Olympic Spot

  Rewa football midfield ace Garish Prasad is hopeful of winning a spot in the Vodafone Fijian Under-23 side to play in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
04 Jun 2016 11:55
Prasad: Hopeful For Olympic Spot
Fiji Under 23 rep, Garish Prasad is redy for Rio. Photo: RONALD kUMAR.

 

Rewa football midfield ace Garish Prasad is hopeful of winning a spot in the Vodafone Fijian Under-23 side to play in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.

The former Rewa Youth star represented the Vodafone Fijian U20 at the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand last year.

And not only that, he also played an instrumental role for Rewa in winning back-to-back the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants tournament.

Prasad also took part in the Pacific Cup in Australia before he represented the Fijian U23 to the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea where they qualified for the Rio Olympics.

The Savusavu native is excited to be part of Team Fiji and is banking on national coach Frank Farina to take them to the level of expectation.

Prasad is going to be part of the Fijian U23 side to play against Germany, Mexico and South Korea.

 

Exposure

He said this is good exposure for the team.

“I think it’s better for Fiji to play against bigger teams so that people get to know that we played Germany or Mexico so more people will watch the games and see how we perform. With this coach (Farina) I know we can perform well and just give him time, he will do more wonders,” he said.

Prasad who was replaced by Ba striker Saula Waqa during the Spain tour earlier this year due to injuries said there had been some tough times but he had to overcome it. He is now hopeful for the best.

“I had an operation done but thanks to the Almighty I made it to the Brazil tour and hopefully I will make it to the Olympics with the Fiji team.

Coming back from Brazil, it was a learning curve for us as Brazil is way up there but as for Fiji we are still in the learning process.”

Prasad said the support towards the team has been great from the Fijian community especially during overseas tours and would want to thank everyone for their contribution.

The team are on a one-month break and would report to camp on July 1 to prepare for the final Olympic training camp.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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