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Safe, Well, Ready To Play: Datt

Safe, Well, Ready To Play: Datt
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 04: Iosefo Verevou of Fiji in action during the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 Group F match between Honduras and Fiji at the Christchurch Stadium on June 4, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
August 02
12:44 2016


The Team Fiji men’s football team are safe and are looking forward to their first Olympic Games clash against South Korea in Salvador, Brazil on Friday morning (local time).

This was confirmed yesterday by assistant coach Yogendra Datt who said they have been having their daily training sessions after they arrived at Salvador.

“The security is very tight,” he said.

‘We are on level four of the Gran Stella Maris Hotel with security of every corner. So we are very safe indeed.”

Datt said the weather is almost similar to Fiji and so far they have no problem whatsoever with the food.

Meanwhile, the Korean Times through its sports editorial has called on their football team not to underestimate the Fijians in their Olympic Games opener.

The newspaper stated that it is understandable that the Shin Tae-yong coached-side need to take all three points against the South Pacific islanders since getting out of the group and to be in the last eight is going to be very tough indeed.


The Fijians should not be underestimated as this is the same group of players that went, as did Korea, to the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

There was a chastening opening game 8-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany and ended with a 3-0 loss to Uzbekistan but in between was a highly creditable 3-0 victory over Honduras.

The team is coached by the former Australian football star striker Frank Farina.

The experienced tactician has also been in charge of Australian league team Brisbane Roar. Shin also had a short spell at the same Queensland club as both player and assistant coach after he eventually left Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma after 12 years with the team.

Shin returned to Seongnam to lead the club to the 2010 Asian Champions League title.

The Fijian to watch is star striker is Iosefo Verevou, the Korean Times said. The 2015 Fiji Sportsman of the Year is big, strong and a real handful for any defender. The young Koreans will need to be alert. Whatever happens, Korean Times stated, “it is all about getting the win and then preparing for the game against Germany three days later in the same Brazilian city of Salvador.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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