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Patel Outlines What To Be Discussed Today

The Vodafone men’s national football team will be playing New Zealand in the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup qualifiers in March next year. This was confirmed
05 Oct 2016 11:40
Patel Outlines What To Be Discussed Today
Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel

The Vodafone men’s national football team will be playing New Zealand in the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup qualifiers in March next year.

This was confirmed yesterday by Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel indicating that it would be discussed in today’s annual general meeting in Suva.

“The 2018 World Cup qualifiers as well as the reasons why former Fijian national coach Frank Farina’s contract was terminated will be some of the issues that will be discussed in the AGM,” he said.

Patel said while there would not be any elections this year but there are lots of things to be discussed with the board in regards to plans for next year.

“This will be a normal AGM where we will be presenting our annual report, policy details and also the plans for next year.

It is an important year for us because the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers will be played in March where New Zealand will be coming down to play in Fiji.

“It will be a home and away format so they will be coming down to play and we will host them at Churchill Park in Lautoka and the next game Fiji will be going to New Zealand and play them on their home ground.

So it will be important for us to win both games.”

The Fijians are pooled with New Zealand and New Caledonia in the Oceania qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, to be staged in Russia.

 

FARINA’S TERMINATION

In light of Farina’s contract, Patel says, he will be discussing the reasons behind the termination.

“The report is there so we will be explaining the reasons behind his termination as well reports being presented from the team director. In terms of replacement, we are currently short-listing candidates and the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) technical department is helping us shortlist those who have applied.

“At this stage I will not be able to release specific names.”

The Fiji FA annual general meeting starts at 9am at the Fiji Football Association headquarters in Vatuwaqa.

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