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Fijian U20 Coach Refuses To Give Up

  The Vodafone Fijian Under-20 football side have to beat Papua New Guinea by four goals and pray that Vanuatu beat New Caledonia on Saturday to keep their OFC U20
07 Sep 2016 12:03
Fijian U20 Coach Refuses To Give Up

 

The Vodafone Fijian Under-20 football side have to beat Papua New Guinea by four goals and pray that Vanuatu beat New Caledonia on Saturday to keep their OFC U20 Championship hopes alive.

This was after the Mataiasi Toma-led side held New Caledonia 1-1 in Port Vila, Vanuatu yesterday.

Striker Leroy Jennings gave the Fijians a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute after a brilliant build-up from midfield. However, New Caledonia’s Thomas Gope-Fenepej equalised in the second half.

The Fijians had gone down 1-0 to Vanuatu in their pool opener last Saturday.

Fijian U20 coach Yogendra Dutt said a win would have been a great way to bounce back but he applauded his players for giving their best against a strong New Caledonian side.

“Well as I have said, we will be giving our best shot and I thank the boys for bouncing back after our loss to Vanuatu,” he said.

Dutt highlighted the importance of the crucial point earned as it keeps their hopes alive of making it to the last four.

“The most important thing is that we have earned a point to keep us in the tournament and a slim chance to defend our title. We need to prepare for our last game.

“That is important and it will also put us in the standing where we will finish off in this tournament. We will try to play to the best of our abilities.”

RESULTS: Tahiti 1-4 New Zealand; Vanuatu 3-1 PNG; Cook Islands 0-3 Solomon Islands

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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