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More Quality Games For Fiji, Says Former Coach

Gurjit Singh says more quality international matches are needed for the Vodafone Fijian national soccer team. The former national soccer coach made the comments as the Frank Farina-coached Vodafone Fijian
06 Jun 2016 08:36
More Quality Games For Fiji, Says Former Coach
Fiji starting 11. 2016 OFC Nations Cup, Fiji v Vanuatu, Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Saturday 4th June 2016. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.phototek.nz

Gurjit Singh says more quality international matches are needed for the Vodafone Fijian national soccer team.

The former national soccer coach made the comments as the Frank Farina-coached Vodafone Fijian national team bowed out of the OFC Nations Cup in Papua New Guinea with a 3-2 loss against Vanuatu last Saturday.

“Fiji needs to lift their performance and for that they need more matches against quality international opponents.

“New Zealand and Solomon Islands were competitive because they played quality opponents,”Singh said.

“Solomon Islands played build up matches in Australia and this reflected in their performance at the OFC Nations Cup.

“The 2018 Oceania FIFA World Cup playoff will be tough for us.

“We need to play some good international teams before we compete in the Oceania World Cup playoff.”

Fijians qualified for the 2018 Oceania FIFA World Cup playoff after finishing third in Group B in the OFC Nations Cup.

The top three teams from each pool advanced to the third round of the 2018 Oceania World Cup playoffs. Fiji finished third behind New Zealand and Solomon Islands to be lucky enough to secure a place in the 2018 World Cup playoff.

“Farina is a very good coach and I’m sure that he has his own strategies ensuring that we do better in the World Cup playoff,”Singh said.

 

Getting campaign back on track

Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel said though it was disappointing to exit the Nations Cup sooner than expected, Fiji still advance to the Stage 3 of Oceania’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying after finishing in third place in the group.

“We still have a chance but the focus now is to get our preparation for the Rio Olympics back on track,”Patel said.

“Rio is our immediate focus.”

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